The Eurasier is a relatively new dog breed of a Spitz variety, developed in Germany by crossing the Chow and Wolf Spitz (also called the Keeshond) as well as the Samoyed at a later time. Its remarkable body-build and attractive personality make it an appealing canine pet.
|Other Names||Eurasian, Eurasian dog|
|Coat||Double coated- Thick undercoat with medium to long hair scattered all over its body; coat around the neck region is little longer than the rest of its body|
|Physical description||Balanced, medium-sized body; wedge-shaped head; tapering muzzle having a darker shade hair; pointed nose; dark brown, almond-shaped eyes with dark rims; triangular-shaped erect ears; deep, broad chest; firm, parallel legs; hard, flat feet; and a long, bushy tail curled to its back|
|Color||Any solid color except white, patches of white or liver|
|Group||Spitz, Companion dogs|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Height and Size||Medium; Male: 20 to 24 inches; Female: 19 to 22 inches|
|Weight||Male: 51 to 71 lbs; 40 to 57 lbs|
|Litter size||4 to 8 puppies|
|Temperament||Even-tempered, calm, quiet, friendly, alert and watchful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Preferably cooler climate|
|Shedding||Moderate to high ( heavy during spring and fall)|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||ACA, FCI, NAPR, ANKC, DRA, AKC/FSS|
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Originating in 1960, in Germany, it was created when German breeder Julius Wipfel, along with Charlotte Baldamus and a group of other dog enthusiasts, set together to extract the best traits of the Wolf Spitz and Chow Chow, incorporating them in creating a breed of a new variety.
Initially referred to as the Wolf-Chow, a combination of the name of both its parents, its name was changed to Eurasier with the introduction of the Samoyed into the breeding process after twelve years since its origination.
It gained recognition from the FCI in 1973 and the Canadian Kennel Club in the year 1995 in the category of Group 3 Working dog. In December 2012, an announcement was made by the Kennel Club, stating that the Eurasian breed would be transferred from the imported to the breed register from the 1st of April, 2013.
The Eurasier has a calm and even-tempered disposition, strongly bonded with their family members, enjoying their company always.
Being a companion dog by nature, they would need constant attention from family members, best suited for households where there is at least someone to give it company most of the times.
When left alone for prolonged periods, they may get destructive. In fact, it is not at all a good option to keep them chained, or in kennels and crates.
Its attitude towards strangers is similar to the Chow Chow, reserved, suspicious and alert, though not too timid or very aggressive. Though they do not bark too often, sensing anything unusual might make them vocal enough. Their watchful nature makes them a good watch dog, who would keep a keen eye on the owner’s household and property. However, they are not regarded as a guard dog as they lack the attacking skill on sensing any danger.
They get along well with children, though, the latter should be taught to behave decently with them lest it may upset the dog. The Eurasier is also friendly with other canines and even have a good rapport with other pets. However, since they enjoy a game of chasing, proper supervision is needed when leaving them with non canine pets.
Owing to their active nature and high energy level, these dogs need to be taken for a long walk (about an hour for the adults). If you have a big yard or garden, running around or indulging in other games would help keeping them physically and mentally strong.
In spite of having a double length coat, grooming the Eurasier might not be too much of a hassle. Brush its coat one or two times in a week using a stifle brush. Like any other double-coated breed, they also would shed heavily once or twice in a year when daily brushing along with warm baths are essential. The loose hair may be removed by blowing him dry. Other hygiene measures include weekly or bi-weekly trimming of its nails, as well as keeping its eyes and ears cleaned.
Though a healthy breed, some of the common health problems they are afflicted with include hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, luxating patella as well as certain eye concerns like entropion, ectropion and distichiae.
These affectionate dogs are certainly easy to train, though they would respond well when trained by any member of the family instead of a stranger or unknown face. Being sensitive, they are unable to withstand harsh means, thus needing positive reinforcement techniques.
- Since your dog is highly aversive towards strangers, it is essential to get them well acquainted especially with those who are a regular visitor to your place. For this you can play a chain game, having all the guests seated in a circle. Introduce your Eurasier puppy with them one at a time, asking them to hand over a treat each time your pet comes near them. However, make sure your pet is leashed in course of this exercise to prevent any hazard.
- Leash train your pet Eurasier to avoid any unpleasant occurrence.
The Eurasier should be fed with 2.5 to 3 cups dry dog food on a daily basis. Couple it with other nutrient based foods to make sure that your dog gets proper nutrition but is not overfed.
Is a Eurasier right for you
A Eurasier would be a perfect pet choice if you
- Desire for an efficient watchdog without an attacking tendency
- Would love your canine pet to be attached and dependant on you
- Have a big yard or garden or even a spacious apartment where providing your pet sufficient space to play
- Want a low barking dog who would only be vocal when needed