American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Saarloos Wolfhound


History

Bred by crossing the German Shepherd and European Wolf, the Saarloos Wolfhound is a fascinating breed. Surprising to many, this breed is not vicious or any part of predator, in fact the Saarloos Wolfhound is very shy, and does only best as a family companion or seeing eye dog for the blind as these dogs do not like confrontation and will back away from it.

Appearance

Looking identical to the European Wolf, the Saarloos Wolfhound is a "wild" looking breed, however they are nothing short of just a wonderful family member. Built tall, lean and sleek, this breed is typically 60-80 pounds in weight and measures 28-30 inches in height for both males and females. Available in three different color options including wolf grey, red and white, however most commonly born are wolf grey combinations due to this being the dominant gene in the breed. A triangular shaped skull fades directly into a severe scissor bite with two oval shaped eyes and two firm, thin triangular ears standing tall. This breed is carried by 4 long, thin legs and a long tail that is typically carried straight and long towards the ground. It is mentioned by many owners of the breed that the Saarloos Wolfhound moves "elegantly" when walking and very gentle on their paws.

Temperament

Bred for the opposite outcome, the Saarloos Wolfhound surprised everyone when the first few grew up into adulthood to be shy, gentle and obeying dogs. This breed avoids fights, confrontations and bad situations. Wonderful working dogs for the blind and excellent family compaions. This breed requires a gentle, confident owner who is consistent and only uses poisitive reinforcement training methods. This breed is reccomended for country living environments and requires a daily long walk along with other outdoor activity. Best around older children and adult households without any other canines or small non canine pets. This breed typically only bonds and accepts the family members he or she grows up with in the home.

Grooming

Daily brushing is required and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please do not add a Saarloos Wolfhound to your family unless you have fully educated yourself of the breed and are able to make a life long comitment to your new family member. A proper and safe fenced in yard is required to own this breed. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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