Know your breed: Eurasier

Photo from Braxena Eurasiers

If you’re anything like me you probably didn’t know that an Eurasier is a dog breed. Eurasiers originated in Germany when Julius Wipfel and his wife Elfriede went on a quest to find the perfect family companion. They crossed a Chow Chow and a Wolfspitz to create and Wolf Chow. It wasn’t until 1972 when the breed was fully achieved once they added the third spitz breed the Samoyed. A year later the breed was renamed the Eurasier and was recognized by the F.C.I. 

Eurasiers have even temperament with a self-assured nature that gives them a jolly outlook on life. They tend to be wary around strangers while being watchful and alert. Eurasiers develop strong bonds with their family, including other family pets. Because of this strong bond they form, Eurasiers need to be able to stay close to their family and have constant contact. They do not do well in large numbers or being kept in a kennel or alone for long periods of time. Eurasiers benefit from social interactions and mental stimulation. With early training these dogs come very close to the goal of a perfect companion. 

Eurasiers are medium to large dogs that weigh anywhere from 40 pounds to 71 pounds. They can also get to 19 inches to 24 inches tall. Eurasiers come in many different colors like solid black, wolf sable, black and tan, black and silver and solid red. Their life expectancy is anywhere from 12-14 years with the longest living Eurasier being 18 years of age. Eurasiers tend to be picky eaters and do not eat large amounts of food. Eurasiers have medium to large coats which results in them shedding seasonally and they need to be brushed two-to-three times a week. They need daily walks and active play. It is also preferred to give them time off leash once they are well trained and have good recall time. 

Photo from youtuber Emzotic

Eurasiers are relatively easy to train because they have a willing-to-please nature although they can show independence if they do not want to do something. They are sensitive dogs so they do not need harsh reprisals as their need for love and understanding are incentive for their learning. They need to be included in the family and are non-confrontational and will only defend themselves if absolutely needed. 

Photo from Braxena Eurasiers

These dogs are relatively healthy dogs with some possible diseases as all dogs are susceptible to some diseases. Those diseases that Eurasiers can get include: hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, distichiasis, thyroid conditions, EPI and gastric torsion. To summarize all this information, Eurasiers are family dogs who seek constant comfort, easy to train, need grooming two to three times a week and are relatively healthy dogs. If you are looking for a family dog and are able to provide the comfort/contact they need then an Eurasier is the perfect dog for you!

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