How to tame a wolfhound

Sarlos Wolfhound: how to cope with two enemies of the same breed

The Sarlos Wolfhound attracts more and more attention. This breed was bred by historical standards in the late twenties of the last century. The dog requires a professional approach as it is practically a wolf that has only recently emerged from the forest. A wolfhound cannot be kept in a city apartment. It needs a lot of air, space and movement. In Finland these conditions are easy to meet.

Pipe tail is a sign of victory

The wolf never lifts its tail. The predator looks like a dog with its tail, a man's loyal friend. In fairy tales of different nations, the motive of punishing a wolf in the same way is very popular: the tail freezes to wormwood or to the ground. But a short tail is a disaster: what kind of prince is without a tail?

The Abkhazian fairy tale "The wolf, the fox and the cancer" tells how the cancer made jokes with the fox and the wolf and argued: "Who runs faster?" First the crab grabbed the fox's tail and "ran" on it. The second time the crab deceived the comrades and offered to sit by the river in the evening and continue the fight in the morning. "Those who make progress become princes," decided the runners. It's easy to guess what the frost frozen during the night and what left the predators with no tails. They ran with their tails torn off, and the crab laughed at them and went into the water. The French have the saying "Les loups ne se mangent pas", which sounds like this in Russian: "A wolf does not eat a wolf". Experienced hunters believe that this is far from the case. According to the testimony of A. A. Cherkasov, the author of the "Notes of the Hunter of Eastern Siberia", wolf meat is so disgusting and smelly that not a single predator eats it, except for the same wolves that often pursue their wounded brothers and devour them with greed.

The behavior of a wolf has many repulsive properties. He is cunning, wild and cowardly. The dog is loving, gentle, courageous and generous. If kept in good condition, it will not feed on carrion. A friend of man, a dog loves company. The wolf prefers to live alone. He seldom sits for long, not even with his brothers. Wolves gather in packs only for particularly difficult hunts - when you have to defeat a very strong enemy, a common enemy, attack animals for prey and satisfy a terrible hunger. Despite a single goal, the wolves fight among themselves and gnaw at death. The rule of these animals is that whoever is stronger is right.

Nature forced a dog and a wolf to quarrel. Cherkasov noted, “When a big, strong dog meets a wolf anywhere, an immediate violent fight ensues, which usually ends with the death of one or the other. If the wolf wins, it will devour the dog immediately. On the contrary, the dog, satisfied with its victory, proudly returns home and scornfully leaves the corpse of its natural enemy to be pillaged by the same wolves or magpies and crows. "

Despite their different behavior, there are many similarities between a wolf and a dog. It was no accident that the view arose that the wolf was nothing but a wild dog.


Landert Sarlos, a Dutchman who bred a wolf and a German Shepherd, gave birth to the breed that became known as the Sarlos Wolfhound. Independent character, perseverance and vigilance enable this breed to be used in rescue operations. Sarlos' dog is an excellent handler as he can move cautiously in unfamiliar terrain and find a safe road.

Landert Sarlos undertook a successful experiment in 1923 in which he crossed a German shepherd and a she-wolf from the zoo. The Dutchman continued the experiments and achieved an increase in the number of puppies to twenty-eight, of which he chose three, the strongest and friendliest. They became the founders of the breed.

Landert Sarlos was a cook on a ship by profession. He traveled the world, exploring the fauna and flora of unknown places. After completing a marine career, Sarlos bought a plot of land and a house in the Netherlands. There he began to breed animals that crossed different species. Wolves, foxes, jackals and monkeys lived in his estate. The yard was inhabited by a lion and several wild cats.

Landert Sarlos studied genetics, a passion for the science that was forced to have courageous experiences crossing jackals and huskies. By 1969 the researcher had achieved good results. His death interrupted the experiments, but the daughter and wife of an amateur scientist continued their research. In 1975 the Dutch association recognized the under the name Sarlos Wolf Dog (Saarloos Wolf Dog) registered breed.

Outwardly, Sarlos' dog resembles a wolf. It is larger than ordinary court or shepherd dogs that live in Siberia. This is a strong animal with a long, fluffy tail that is left out like a wolf. Sarlos dogs have the habits of a wolf, their howling resembles a wolf, they prefer to hunt in packs. The owner is considered the leader, obeys and is bound to the selected family member. Sarlos' dog is smart, sharp-sighted, and independent.

The Dutch nature lover managed to develop a breed that is not aggressive towards people or other dogs. Sarlos' dog prefers to watch and hide without attacking first. It was this trait that saved cattle from extinction during the war. A German officer who admired the new breed wanted to "call" wolfhounds to the Eastern Front in order to intimidate the enemy. When the dogs heard a gunshot, they rushed on their heels. This decided their fate: The German rejected the "cowardly pack" contemptuously.

In an unfamiliar setting, Sarlos' dog is very careful and hides or, conversely, looks for an ambush to attack the victim from a remote location. The predator apparently did not die in the process! She combined the seemingly contradicting qualities: the cunning and betrayal of the wolf with the courage of a dog that was ready to protect the owner. Wolf's “individualism” took on a new form and became a noble trait - the desire for independence.

Landert Sarlos tamed another wild animal. Of course you have to work and work with a wolfhound, because it is not for nothing that they say, "Like a wolf, do not feed him, he looks into the forest!"


(Illustrations from the Finnish website Sarlos Dog Lovers Society “Saarloos wolfhond ry”)