A medium-sized dog, the Eurasier is a successful mix that has all the makings of a perfect family pet. Here you can find out everything about the appearance, origin, temperament and upbringing of the Eurasier.
Size: male: 52-60 cm; Female: 48-56 cm
Coat length: dense undercoat and medium-length, loose guard hair
Coat Colors: All colors allowed except pure white, piebald and liver
Classification: FCI Group 5; Spitz and archetypal dogs
The Origin of the Eurasians
Even if the name does not suggest it, the Eurasier has its origins in Germany, in Weinheim on the Bergstrasse in Baden-Wurttemberg. Dog lover Julius Wipfel mourned his deceased mongrel and wanted an affable, robust, and natural house dog again. His goal was to breed a new breed of polar dog type that would be particularly suitable as a family dog.
There are three breeds in the Eurasier: First, Wipfel mated Wolfsspitz bitches with Chow-Chow males. The later crossing of the Samoyed gave the bloodline more elegance, robustness and a pleasant personality. As early as 1973, the Eurasier was recognized as a breed by the VDH and the FCI. This made the Eurasier breed the youngest officially recognized dog breed from Germany.
The appearance of the Eurasier
Eurasiers are medium-sized dogs. They grow between 48 and 60 cm (height at the withers) and can weigh between 18 and 32 kg.
Typical of the Eurasier’s lush coat is its dense undercoat, which is excellent protection against the cold and also has a dirt-repellent effect. Only the muzzle, face, ears and the front of the legs are smooth. The tail, the back of the forelegs and the hind legs have long hair.
By the way, the Eurasier got their partly and sometimes completely blue tongues from the Chow-Chow, whose blue tongue merged with the pink tongue of the Wolfspitz and Samoyed: From blue to pink there are all forms of piebald variants of the Eurasier dog breed.
There are almost no restrictions on the Eurasier’s coat color – only the colors white, white-piebald and liver are undesirable according to the standard. The Eurasier can also be black, or any shade of gray or fawn.
A characteristic feature is the agouti fur drawing and banding and lightening pattern, which wolves also have, for example.
Temperament and behavior
The Eurasier was bred to be a social partner and companion dog for humans. He is a quiet and friendly individualist, quite self-confident and tends to make independent decisions.
The character of the Eurasier is friendly and pleasant. He is an absolute family dog, loyal and sensitive and has a special feeling for the mood of his people. A good relationship with his caregivers is important to him. The Eurasier is affectionate and cuddly by nature and always wants to be in the immediate vicinity of the family in the house or apartment.
In an animal shelter or kennel, the Eurasier would wither away. Vacations should not be planned without him due to his strong fixation on family.
Although the Samoyed’s hunting motivation could also affect the Eurasier, timely retrieval usually works, which makes the Eurasier a pleasant companion for a walk. The Eurasier also has a guard and protective instinct, but this is not overly sharp and it is not a garden fence barker. From the Wolfspitz he has traits of a yard dog and guard, from the Chow-Chow his calmness and grandeur.
With conspecifics, the Eurasier is sociable, well-tolerated and instinctively sure. At first he is reserved towards strangers.
Although the Eurasier wants to please his people, he can be quite stubborn. He does not constantly wait for announcements from owner to carry them out. He prefers to decide some things himself.
What the Eurasian doesn’t get along with at all: excessive harshness or the opposite, a completely anti-authoritarian upbringing. With a little consistency, patience and one or the other food reward, training the Eurasier should not be a problem.
Therefore, it is only suitable as a beginner’s dog if its inexperienced owners are willing to be helped by a professional dog trainer.
A Eurasier requires a lot of exercise. He can be happy in a spacious apartment in the city. But only if he gets enough exercise in the great outdoors.
This breed is just as suitable for families as it is for single people. It is helpful if you already have dog experience and like to deal with the nature of dogs.
The Eurasier adapts well to his family and wants to be with them everywhere – even when traveling or in the restaurant. The Eurasier gets along well with children, especially if they are already used to being around them. He also usually gets along well with cats.
If you want to keep such a dog, you have to be sure that it can be cared for for a dog’s life. Eurasiers can live up to 12 to 15 years.
Diet of the Eurasier
When it comes to feeding, Eurasiers are very easy to care for: They tolerate both dry and wet feeding well. Eurasiers can also be born with appropriate planning.
Care of the Eurasier
The Eurasier’s lush coat is scent-free and surprisingly easy to care for. A brush is actually only needed for changing the coat, because only then does the Eurasier shed.
Exercise and employment
This breed needs plenty of exercises and loves daily walks, even in inclement weather. However, the Eurasier does not have to perform at its best.
This dog loves to play and is good-natured, and he likes to experience something new with his owner outdoors in nature. Sports such as agility, rally obedience or track work are also suitable for employing a Eurasier.