Eurasier

History

Eurasiers are a fairly new breed, first bred by Julius Wipfel in Germany in 1960. The breeder crossed Chow Chow with Wolfspitz and later added Samoyed into the mix to produce the breed we know today. There are only around 9,000 Eurasiers in the world, but they are becoming increasingly sought after as pets.

Behaviour

Eurasiers were bred as companion dogs, and as a result they love the company of humans. They dislike kennels, something that no amount of training seems to change, so they need someone around for most of the day. If they get lonely, they can become depressed and destructive. They are usually good with children and other dogs or cats in the home, if socialized early. They are wary of strangers, but seldom aggressive and never timid. It is important to get them used to the idea of strangers visiting the home. They are always alert and will woof when someone is at the door, making them excellent watch dogs. Otherwise, they rarely bark unless something is bothering them.

Eurasiers are even tempered and calm around familiar people and very friendly and affectionate with their owner and family. Training needs to be kind and gentle with positive reinforcement and plenty of games. They are sensitive dogs and don’t respond well to harsh words or actions, and they will withdraw if they feel you are being too hard on them. Praise, affection, and food rewards are the key to successful training. This breed does very well in agility tests.

These dogs need long daily walks, preferably in a safe area where they can run free. They like to run, play frisbee and fetch, and spend quality time outside with their family. Recall is usually good in this breed, as they dislike losing sight of their owners for too long. They are generally friendly with other dogs they meet if socialised from a young age. Walking to heel on a lead can be a challenge, so, again, early training is vital. Eurasiers are playful and energetic and you will struggle to tire them out, so a couple of walks a day are recommended to keep them mentally and physically satisfied.

The Eurasier’s coat needs regular grooming to keep it tidy, but these are clean dogs who look after themselves well and rarely need a bath.

Temperament

Eurasiers are calm and companionable and make great companions. Affectionate and loyal, they will form tight bonds with their owner and family. They are alert at home and quick to notify you of visitors. At the same time, they are sociable dogs (particularly when young) and friendly with anyone they meet. It is important that these intelligent dogs receive regular training so that you can assert yourself as ''pack leader'' and keep them mentally stimulated.

Health Problems

Eurasiers are generally healthy, but occasionally prone to hip dysplasia, luxating patellar (dislocation of the kneecap), eyelid issues, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasia, eye diseases, and thyroid problems.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
  • Weight: 40 – 70 pounds
  • Height: 19 - 24"
  • Rare: No
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: Once a week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Companion Dog
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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