Meet the Breed: The Eurasier

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Overview:

  • Height: 16" - 24”
  • Weight: 40 -70 pounds
  • Historical function: Companion
  • Modern function: Companion
  • AKC classification: Foundation Stock Service, Non-Sporting Group

Physical Characteristics:

The Eurasier is a medium-sized spitz-type dog with prick ears and a fluffy coat. The body length is slightly longer than tall at the withers. The head is wedge shaped with the muzzle tapering slightly to the nose with a barely defined stop. The eyes are dark and mediium sized. The prick ears are triangular with rounded tips. The tail curves over the back and is well feathered. The medium-length coat is double with a looser harsh top coat. The hair on the face, ears and front legs is short. Coat colors include fawn, red, wolf-grey, solid black, and black and tan. 

History of the Breed:

The Eurasier was developed in the 1960s in Germany by Julius Wipfel. He combined the Wolfspitz, the Chow Chow and eventually added the Samoyed to create a family companion that was closely bonded, quiet and even tempered. The goal was to create an "ideal family dog of medium size, independent but still devoted and domestic, vigilant without being aggressive and without any hunting passion". 

Currently, there are about 6000 Eurasiers in Europe and about 450 in North America, with more than 150 in the United States. 

Temperament:

The Eurasier was developed as a companion dog and is calm, quiet, even tempered and friendly. They are watchful and alert but do not bark much. They are affectionate and loyal toward its family but aloof with strangers without being timid or aggressive. This breed is intelligent and quick to learn but responds to calm, consistent training without being harsh. These are perceptive dogs that are sensitive to tone of voice. If the training is too repetitive, these intelligent dogs may tune out. This breed may be a good candidate for agility. The well-socialized Eurasier will get along well and other pets. 

  • Best suited for: Almost any living situation, including an apartment, as long as they can be with their family. This is not a dog for an outdoor kennel or even long periods in the back yard. This is a companion. 
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog prefers to be with his people. Thrives with positive training methods. 

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Regular weekly brushings and rare bathing will keep the coat in top condition. 
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk including off-leash activities.
  • Life expectancy: 11-13 years.
  • Health concerns: May be finicky eaters. Hip and elbow dysplasia are sometimes seen as well as thyroid disorders. Most breeders screen for these issues. 

Breed Club Links: United States Erasier Club

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Slumber Pet Quilted Square Nesting Pet Bed

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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