History & Overview
The Saarloos Wolfdog originated in the Netherlands around the 1900s. Unmistakably similar to a wolf in appearance, this dog still retains a strong pack instinct and needs firm handling as a result, due in particular to its large size (27.5 – 29.5 inches at the shoulder) and strong-willed nature.
This powerful, independent breed was developed in the Netherlands by Leendert Saarloos, who noted that contemporary dogs had become weakened with hip dysplasia and similar conditions. He resolved to rectify the situations and created this breed by crossing a German Shepherd back to a wolf. Saarloos died in 1969, just 6 years before his breed was accepted by the Dutch Kennel Club.