To maintain the purity of the breed is considered important by AVLS because only a purebred Saarlooswolfhond will show the character, behaviour and looks that makes the breed attractive to the true lover. The breed traits play an important role in our outcross programme.
The breed has a small gene pool and is therefore vulnerable. AVLS wants to broaden this pool where possible. This aspect will be of invaluable importance in the future. To conserve the vitality, to guard and stimulate health and to prevent hereditary disabilities are the main aspects in the breeding advice, which is, by the way, not a dictate to our members. Respect for other opinions is an important feature of AVLS. Our members are aware of this!
AVLS wants to promote the documentation of a DNA sample of as many dogs as possible. DNA filing is of the utmost importance and offers many advantages. In this area, the AVLS uses the EMBARK database and collaborates with several Dutch universities such as Wageningen Research to record the health of the breeds. We also think it is right to test the dogs for DM, dwarfism, PRA, cataract, HD and ED before breeding.
The Saarlooswolfhond is a beautiful dog to look at, but that should not be the most significant. Any dog -“beautiful” or “ugly” can contribute to the breed in it’s own way. It is good that this conception is increasing. AVLS wants to inform her breeders in a way that they will be able to make an appropriate consideration in the way they breed. With a small breed as the Saarlooswolfhond is this important.
When you choose a Saarlooswolfhond to be your next family member, choose with your heart, but also with common sense. Go and visit owners, talk and ask. Go on dog walks with a group, contact different breeders and meet different types of dogs. You are very welcome to do so!
The Saarlooswolfhond is a dog with a whiff of nature, a dog to get addicted to….