Breed Type: Spitz
Country of Origin: Germany
Also known as: Eurasian
Males: Height: 52-60 cm Weight: 23-32 kg
Females: Height: 48-56 cm Weight: 18-26 kg
Exercise Requirements: Medium
Care Requirements: Medium
Lifespan: 12-15 Years
Best Suited as: Companion, Family Dog
The Eurasier is a joyful, loyal companion who will light up your life and keep you on the move. They are relatively new dogs, designed in the 1960’s, and are a cross breed of the Samoyed, Wolf Spitz and Chow Chow. They have luxurious, thick fur and an excellent temperament.
The Eurasier is an adorable, balanced, medium-sized breed that hails from the Spitz family. This dog breed is longer than it is tall. It has a wedge-shaped head, medium sized, dark eyes, and triangular ears that are rounded at the tips. This strong dog has a slightly pointed muzzle and a strong jaw. Almost lion like, their strong necks may have fur that resembles a mane. Their bushy tail is carried over their back.
Their coat comes in a variety of colors with the most common being: fawn, red, grey, black, and black and tan. Their undercoat thick and they have a fairly long topcoat. Their coat is shortest on their face, prick ears, and front legs. Their longest coat is exhibited on their tail, back of the front legs and on their hind legs.
Eurasiers are faithful companions and social creatures and they quickly form strong attachments to their family. They have been bred to live the good life as companion dogs, not as working dogs. While they do not need constant attention, they do very much enjoy being near you as you go about your daily activities. Calm, friendly and intelligent, this guy is fairly easy to train and will listen well to someone who is consistent and firm.
If you are looking for a bodyguard, the Eurasier might not be your best bet. Eurasiers make excellent watchdogs as they will bark at strangers, but they are rarely aggressive. They will typically bark for a few seconds to warn their people that there is someone new at the door, but will quickly settle down if they perceive there is no real threat. Given a few pets or a juicy bone, your Eurasier is more likely to be a burglar’s best friend than an opposing force in a home invasion.
Eurasiers originated in Germany in the 1960’s. The founder of the breed, Julius Wipfel, with several others, set out to create a new breed that combined the best of the Chow Chow and the Wolfspitz. He hoped to create a colorful breed with a calm and easy-going nature that many different families could appreciate. This resulted in the breed he named the “Wolf-Chow”, which turned out to be an elegant and well-balanced dog.
Unfortunately, as time went by, the breed developed problems because of inbreeding. A decade after the original Wolf-Chow was designed; Julius Wipfel decided that he should introduce another breed into the mix in order to overcome these problems. He carefully selected the Samoyed and it was crossed with the Wolf-Chow. The redesigned breed was called “Eurasier” and Julius Wipfel loved the result. The new dog was even more beautiful and did not have the health issues it once had. Although the Wolf-Spitz already had a good temperament, the cheerful Samoyed made for any even more positive pooch.
In 1974, the Eurasier breed standard was re-written. The Federation Cynologique International (FCI) and the German Kennel Club (VDH) recognized the breed, in 1973, and by the United Kennel Club in 1996. Today the Eurasier population is large and well spread out around the world. They are still most popular in their country of origin – Germany.
Care and Grooming
Due to their thick, fluffy coat, Eurasiers are not low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They need daily brushing and combing and even more attention should be given to their coat during the fall and spring when they shed their coats.
Some Eurasiers have been known to be fussy eaters and in general, tend not to overeat. Eurasiers need plenty of exercise in order to develop well and stay healthy. Ideally, you should walk your adult Eurasier for an hour a day, and allow them enough time to run and play freely in a safe place as well. Many Eurasiers excel at agility training and events.
Eurasiers are generally healthy dogs. Because of the inbreeding in the breed’s early years, they are prone to some hereditary diseases. Known issues include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, luxating patella, as well as eye disorders such as distichiae and ectropio.
Suitability as a Pet
Eurasiers thrive when treated as true members of the family. They are extremely loyal, cuddly, and want to share your home and your life. You will not have to look far to find your pet, as they very rarely stray from your side. Therefore, if you have the time and energy to devote to this steadfast companion, this breed may be a good fit for you. Travel is another consideration. If you do a good deal of traveling that will take you away from home, you might not be the best fit for the Eurasier. Because of their bond with their families and their proclivity towards separation anxiety, leaving Eurasiers in kennels or with strangers is not a good option. If they are isolated and or left alone for long periods of time, they can become depressed. Changing homes as an adult may also be traumatic.
Eurasiers do well in just about any environment if they get enough exercise, including apartments. This breed is quiet and rarely barks. Most Eurasiers get along well with children and some have created special bonds with babies and toddlers who live in the house. You can safely have several other doggy siblings in your home, as your Eurasier should get along well with other dogs.
Eurasiers are smart, quick learners, and work hard to please their owners, which makes them easy to train. However, they are independent, and when the training gets boring, they may start to ignore you. Calm, consistent and interesting training is the key to success with Eurasiers. Try not to use harsh discipline with your sensitive Eurasier, it is best to gently redirect them when they are misbehaving.
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