The Saarlooswolfdog is a young and relatively healthy breed compared to other dog breeds. Ages up to 14 years and over are no exception.
Problems within the breed do occur and good breeders do everything in their power to prevent disorders from popping up.
An overview of conditions we take into account.
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1. Breeding rules & wellbeing
A female cannot be mated to her grandfather, brother, son, grandson or halfbrother.
A combination of two parents is allowed 1 time, a 2nd time is possible in case of a small 1st litter (1-2 pups) in consultation with the breed club.
- The minimum age of the male should be at least 24 months old at the day of mating
- A male can only have 1 successful mating per 12 months and a total of 3 successful matings in its lifetime. A successful mating is a litter from which at least 1 alive puppy is registered in a FCI recognised breed registry. Artificial insemination counts as a mating and is only possible when a male already has descendants.
- Cryptorchid and monorchid males ie. with one or no testes are excluded from breeding.
- A female cannot be mated before the day she reaches 24 months of age.
- A female who has not had a litter, cannot be mated after the age of 7 years (84 months).
- A female who has had a litter, cannot be mated after the age of 9 years (108 months).
- A female cannot be mated after the day she has had her 3rd litter.
- A female cannot be mated when this means there is less than 12 months between 2 litters in a row. (In practice at least 1 heat in between litters = in general 2 years in between)
- Pregnant females deliver in a home environment at the breeder’s house.
- When a second litter is also born by cesarean (sectio caesarea), the female can no longer be used for breeding.
2.1 DNA & parentage verification
A DNA sample is taken from both parents and puppies for DNA profiling and parentage verification in accordance with the Belgian Kennel Club regulations (ie. by a certified representative and analysed by an approved laboratory).
A DNA sample is taken from both parents and puppies for a MyDogDNA profile to determine genetic markers, health and diversity.
The correct genetic markers for the Saarlooswolfdog are:
*A-Locus | Agouti: aw/aw;
*B-Locus | Brown: B/B, B/b or b/b;
*D-Locus | Dilute coat colour: D/D;
*E-Locus | Eumelanine: E/E, e/E or e/e | Mask: Em/Em, Em/E or Em/e;
*K-Locus | Dominant black: Ky/Ky;
*M-Locus | Merle: m/m;
*S-Locus | Solid: S/S;
*L-Locus | Coat length: L/L;
*Curly coat; CC;
*Ear flop: T/T
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X-ray of the elbow - Kerberos' elbow dysplasia (ED) photo
*University of Ghent, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Small Animals - dr. D. Paepe.
Evidence for an autosomal gene regulating the midline, Multiple midline defects following gestational administration of medication, Juvenile renal disease in dogs, Kidney dysplasia in dogs, Comparative pathology of canine nephropathies, DNA sequence variants in dogs and grey wolves (1), correction to DNA sequence variants in dogs and grey wolves (2).