Named after its breeder, Leendert Saarloos, this Dutch native herding breed is a wolf-dog hybrid. Developed from crossing a German Shepherd Dog and a Eurasian wolf, the Saarloos Wolf Dog is rarely seen outside The Netherlands. To date there are just approximately 2,500 pedigrees listed and the Saarlooswolfhond Association discourages casual breeding. A fairly large dog, it weighs from 79 to 90 pounds and stands from 24 to 29.5 inches. It has a moderately broad head, erect and large ears and a muzzle that tapers to a big and dark nose. Athletic and muscular, it has wolf-life expressions and a wolf-like head. Its eyes are dark and oblique-shaped. It has a deep chest, long legs and a densely feathered tail that is low set. It has a double layer of coat that is dense and short and provides it protection from the harsh weather in the Netherlands. Coat colours include wolf-gray, wolf-brown, black, tan, red, white, silver or blue.
The Saarloos Wolf Dog is not recommended for inexperienced owners as it retains much of the wolf-like ways. They tend to run around in packs, are reserved towards strangers and need to roam or have a large space to explore and walk around. They are highly independent and are not easy to obedience train. They are very intelligent and are definitely not recommended as a companion for children. They are well suited for cold climates and can live outdoors. They will do best in wide open spaces and can live for about 10 to 12 years.