The Saarlooswolfhond is a relatively new dog breed that originated in the Netherlands. The breed is named after the breeder Leendert Saarloos, who in the 1920s and 1930s tried to create a new breed by crossing German Shepherds with wolves. The goal was to create a stronger and healthier breed that would be better suited as a police dog.
Although the original purpose of the breed was not achieved, the Saarloos Wolfdog turned out to be a very special dog. The breed was officially recognized as a separate breed by the FCI in 1975.
The Saarloos Wolfdog is a calm and confident dog. They are not aggressive, but can be a little aloof with strangers. They are generally good watchdogs and they are very loyal to their owners. They need a lot of exercise and are good with children, although it is always important to teach children how to handle dogs.
In general, the Saarloos Wolfdog is a healthy breed, but as with all dog breeds, there are certain health issues to watch out for. This can include hip dysplasia, a condition where the hips do not fit properly in the socket. It is important to have your dog checked regularly by a vet to detect any health problems early.
The Saarloos Wolfdog needs little coat care. Brushing once a week is usually sufficient. They do shed, especially in the spring and fall. It is important to trim the nails regularly and keep the ears clean. They also need a lot of exercise, so it is important to let them out and play enough.