The Saarlooswolfhond was developed in the Netherlands by Leendert Saarloos. The breed is based on cross breeding German Shepherd Dogs and wolves.
In 1975, the breed was recognized by the Dutch KC, and in 1977 by the FCI. The breed standard dates from November 1981 and was modified in 1993.
Considered a rare breed, the Saarlooswolfhond is a strongly built dog whose outer appearance (body build, movement and coat) are reminiscent of a wolf. The breed is devoted and reliable with its master but suspicious of strangers. A natural, wolf-like reserve and desire to flee from unknown situations is typical of this breed.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
The Saarlooswolfhond is not recognized by The American Kennel Club or The Kennel Club, UK