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History The Saarlooswolfhond originated in the Netherlands during the early years of the 20th century. In 1921, Dutch breeder Leendert Saarloos began crossbreeding a male German Shepherd Dog with a female Eurasian Wolf. Saarloos did this to create a breed that was more trainable than the German Shepherd dog and was immune to distemper. The dog Saarloos created wasn't his ideal one because the first generation hybrids got distemper, and the dogs kept their wolf-like characteristics.
Until his death in 1969, Saarloos had complete control of his breeding program for his "European wolfdog." In 1975, the Dutch Kennel Club granted recognition to the breed. To honor Saarloos for his creation, they changed the breed's name to "Saarlooswolfhond." The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognized the breed in 1981. During the past years, these dogs were used as guide dogs and as rescue dogs.
Appearance Saarlooswolfhonds are fairly large dogs with an athletic build and a muscular and strong body. These dogs have a round head with a long, rectangular muzzle. They have medium-sized round eyes that are usually brown in colour. The nose of these dogs is large and black, and their ears are triangular in shape and stand straight up on top of their head. These dogs have a very wide neck and a broad chest. They have a slightly sunken stomach. The legs of these dogs are average in length and are skinny. Their tail is long and fluffy.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include wolf-brown, agouti, or wolf-gray. It's also permissible for these dogs to have small white markings on their coat.
Temperament Saarlooswolfhonds have an attitude that resembles that of the wolf. These dogs are typically not friendly, and family is not as important to them as their pack is. Despite being wolf-like, though, these dogs still enjoy being inside the house and spending time with their family members. They need human companionship too, and they shouldn't be left outside or forgotten. Saarlooswolfhonds also make great guard dogs. These dogs can get along well with children, but these children must be the ones that they've been raised with. Strangers should also be careful around these dogs.
Weight These dogs can stand at up to 30 inches, and they can weigh up to 100 pounds.
Problems Like other large breeds, Saarlooswolfhonds are quite prone to hip dysplasia. These dogs may also have temper issues.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. It's best for Saarlooswolfhonds to be provided with at least a large yard where they can run around and do some physical activities. Owners shouldn't keep these dogs locked in a kennel or cage for long periods of time because doing so will cause the dogs distress.
Requirements It's important for Saarlooswolfhonds to get much exercise. It would be good for them to be with an active family, because these dogs will do great with swimming and hiking. They should also be taken out for a long, daily walk. When not provided with sufficient exercise, these dogs may become restless and destructive. Not taking them out for daily walks may also cause these dogs to develop behavior problems.
Training Requirements Saarlooswolfhonds are not recommended for inexperienced dog owners. Early training and proper socialization are a must for these dogs. Owners should know how to be consistent and confident, and they must be able to display strong leadership skills when training these dogs.
Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for around 10 to 14 years.
Groomingn The coat of these dogs needs to be brushed regularly to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Bathing these dogs should be done rarely because it lessens the water resistance of the coat.
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