Saarlooswolfdog - Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 – Sheepdogs. Recognized in 1975.

General Appearance:

Saarlooswolfdog dog is alive with energy, pride and autonomy. It is obedient only if it wants, it is not submissive, but its owner is dedicated and loyal.


Definitely it is not suitable for owners and inexperienced beginners who do not have basic skills and education .People must be calm, thoughtful and very patient, consistent and kind, talented natural authority. When education is necessary, ensure systematic early socialization. Absolute obedience is not expected from it.

To strangers it is reserved and suspicious. Typical is for this breed, its considerable caution and tendency to escape from the conflict or dangerous situations. It attempts to escape it may also react to unknown dogs and unexpected situations, so the owner must be on outings still very cautious and prescient. Dogs that lives  together "in a shared household ',  it is getting well, even it is  advised not to be kept alone, but together with another dog. With small pets it should never come into direct contact with its hunting instinct that is very strong.

It should have enough movement, it is very hardy, and is therefore suitable as a companion while jogging and can run along the bike, it is moving at such a rate to keep the trot. Free range is the safest in properly fenced land. From the other activities it may be considered for obedience training. The breed is not suitable for the Staff, or for sports training, especially not suited for defence. It is not successful either as a guard dog because it does not attempt to prevent unauthorized person from gaining access to its territory and prefer to run away from them.


It is strongly built dog whose outer appearance, body build, movement and coat reminiscent of a wolf. Its appearance is balanced, the body of a rectangular format. Withers height is for dogs from 65 to 75 cm and for females from 60 to 70 cm.

The head should remind wolf's head is wedge-shaped. Line is extending from the muzzle to the well developed zygomatic arches are very characteristic. The skull is flat and broad above, occipital part should not be pronounced, frontal slope must be gradual. The nasal bridge is straight, the nose of deep pigmented.

Lips are sealed, tightly fitting to the jaws and teeth. The upper and lower jaw must have adequate strength. The lower jaw is too strong. Requires a powerful and complete dentition and a scissor bite, which can be very tight.

The eyes are very typical, important. Preference is given to yellow, almond-shaped, may never be round, they must be slightly slanted and non-protuberant. The view is cautious, aloof but not timid. The bright colour of the iris is especially important in the elderly may be darker eyes.

The earlobes should be set at eye level, erect, medium size, fleshy and triangular shape with rounded tips. They are on the inner sides of feathered and very moving sensitively reflects actual emotions and feelings of individuals.

The neck is dry, heavily muscled neck flowing into the topline of the body. The back should be straight and strong. The pelvis should be in a normal position, but due to the tail-set seems to be steeper.

The tail should be broad at the base heavily furred, reaching at least the hock. It is rather low set, which often emphasizes a rather small curvature at the base. It is carried slightly sabre or nearly equal, in the heat of passion or somewhat above the trot.

Chest moderately broad, ribs are moderately sprung. The forelegs are straight and properly muscular, blades must be sufficiently wide and long, elbows close to your chest. Feet should be called-hare, arched toes and strongly developed padded.

The hindquarters are well angulated knee and ankle, thighs are correspondingly long and wide, heavily muscled, hocks are sufficiently long, at least skewed. The movement is natural, lightweight, efficient and tireless, which resembles a wolf.

The hair is completely different in summer than in winter. In winter the undercoat predominates, which together with the outer coat completely develops, offer rich coat covering the whole body and forming a distinctive "collar" around its neck. In the summer coat, topcoat predominates. Temperature changes in autumn and winter have a great influence on the undercoat, but at least a hint of its existence must always be maintained. Coat also covers the abdomen, inner thighs and scrotum.

Coat colour may be pale to dark sable, light to dark reddish brown or light creamy white to white. Pigmentation of nose, eye rims, lips and nails to be in wolf-grey and white dog, black with red-brown or cream-white, liver brown. On the bottom side of the body on the inside of the legs and "trousers" on the back of the thighs, the hair is lighter on the outer sides of the limbs are sable and red-brown hair darker. They also have a distinctive mask.

Any faults from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and accurately assessed according to the degree of expression. To negative defects belong Aggressive or overly shy dog, coat colour other than that specified in the standard, any signs of aggression.