The Saarloos Wolfdog has natural behaviours. It is important to appreciate this dog not just for its good looks but also for their temperament before thinking of adding one to your family. Here are some main characteristics of the breed.
The Saarloos Wolfdog can be reserved towards strangers;
This behaviour has been retained as typical quality of the breed. A forced or undesired approach by a stranger can lead to an overwhelming desire to flee. This characteristic can be frustrating for strangers, friends or family. Indeed, even if some Saarloos Wolfdogs are not reserved towards strangers, you cannot be sure of a puppies temperament before it grows up and becomes an adult. Therefore you should not expect your outgoing puppy to always remain this way with new people and always be prepared for every situation. Early and continued socialisation are vital. Breeders registered with the Saarloos Wolfdog Club work hard with positive training methods to socialise all puppies from an early age.
The Saarloos Wolfdog really needs another dog companion. Although his or her “human” make part of their family, he (she) cannot replace a dog buddy (which will preferably be similar in size for a real playmate). In addition, the majority of Saarloos fear loneliness and can suffer separation anxiety so the presence of a dog companion is often essential, especially during your absence.
This characteristic depends on the dog. But even if at first glance, the predatory instinct of your Saarloos is not marked, you must always be on guard to avoid a disaster. If accustomed since puppy-hood to small animals, it is possible for the Saarloos Wolfdog to obtain a good relationship with small animals (small dogs, cats, ferrets, rodents, rabbits). However, even if your Saarloos is good with your small animals, it will most likely not be the case if the neighbour’s cat is on its territory. For children, there is no particular risk yet common sense dictates you should never leave a child unsupervised with a dog.
Usually, you will need a lot of patience to educate a Saarloos Wolfdog in this regard. You will have to lengthily repeat exercises and maintain this throughout their life. To gain good toileting etiquette, it is not uncommon that the Saarloos Wolfhond be 8-10 months old before this is successfully achieved.
Finally, from a general point of view, the Saarloos Wolfhond is a dog for company, but never a guard dog. However, they are a good companion in your sporting activities such as CaniX, Agility, Obedience and Heelwork and all are practiced by various owners of Saarloos Wolfdogs.
The key to success is positive reinforcement training and a commitment to extensive socialisation. Above all be patient. “Patience” seems to be the keyword when deciding to add a Saarloos Wolfdog to your family.