The Saarloos Wolfdog (SWD), an Dutch FCI 1 breed, finds its origin in the European wolf and the German Shepherd and is a powerfully built dog.
His appearance, physique, movement and fur are reminiscent of that of the wolf. The Saarloos is harmoniously and slender built. They have long legs without losing it's wolfie proportion.
Males and females must clearly show their gender in appearance .
The Saarloos Wolfdog is a family (pack) dog.
A Saarloos can be trained to stay home alone for a few hour with patience and most can be home alone without the use of a crate or kennel. Even if you teach the dog to stay in the crate or kennel from a young age, this can still lead to serious problems later on, whereby they can damage themselves.
These dogs are social and to a certain extent tolerant to other dogs. Most males can live well together in a pack. Multiple females in a pack can cause serious problems but less often than the female Czech.
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To find a new home is not that easy for a Saarloos because of their close relationship with the family and its naturally reserved character.
For their own family, the SWD is a wonderful, stubborn, friendly, affectionate, playful, energetic dog with its obstinacy.
Towards strangers and unfamiliar situations it is a distrustful breed that shows no aggression but tries to flee.
To force the dog causes distrust towards the owner and increases the distance between you.
Reservedness can not be compared to fear. To be suspicious is a characteristic that makes the Saarloos for what he is and is typically for the European wolf.
Unfortunately, anxiety behavior still occurs at the SWD. This is not desirable for a Wolfdog in a crowded society so make sure you can meet his needs.
The SWD decides whether it wants to approach the situation or leave it for what it is. Bribing with treats or a high tone of voice is therefore not the obvious way for a SWD.
If you want to "work/train" with your dog, the SWD is not a dog for you.
Because the SWD decides for itself whether it sees the benefits of something that you want from him.
Of course you can certainly teach the Saarlooswolfdog tricks and obedience cause they are smart. But it's a challenge. Patience and trust is the key and please respect there nature.
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