Leendert Saarloos (1884-1969)
Ambiton: breed the natural qualities back into
this breed in order to produce a better working
1932: crossed the German Shepherd Dog male, Gerard van der Fransenum, a dog of classical Prussian type, with Fleuri, a female wolf which originated from the Siberian branch of the European type.
Breeding back to the father gave him a basic popula-tion of animals with one quarter wolf's blood.
The following experimental phase with strict selection.
A new breed, the « European Wolfsdog » evolved.
As selected animals of this new breed gave good
service as guide dogs for the blind.
Increase in the proportion of wolf blood:
- The useful ability, became gradually lost.
- The breed was neither well suited to being a working nor a guide dog.
increase in the proportion of wolf blood
The useful ability, became gradually lost.
The breed was neither well suited to being a working nor a guide dog.
The breed was named « Saarlooswolfhond ».
- Honor of its founder.
- Leendert Saarloos.