The Eurasier is a spitz-type medium size dog that typically weighs 32kg. It is a fairly modern breed developed only during the 1940s by a German professor as a companion dog. It has a wedge-shaped head with a tapering muzzle, black nose, dark oval eyes, medium size triangular ears with slightly rounded tips and carried pricked and teeth and jaws that form a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. It has well-muscled forequarters with straight and parallel legs, with a body longer than tall in profile with evenly muscled hindquarters. The tail is set high and tapers towards the tip, carried forward, curved or curled over the back or the side when the dog is in motion or excited. It is carried hanging down up to the hocks when the dog is at rest. The double coat is made of a dense soft undercoat and medium length harsh loose lying guard hairs all over the body but shorter on the muzzle, face, ears and front of the legs. The tail and the back of the front legs have featherings of long hair while the back legs have breeches of long hair. The coat on the neck is also slightly longer than the coat on the body but without forming a mane. The coat comes in a variety of colour combination except pure white, liver or merle or white patches on the body.
A typical male Eurasier is between 52-60cm in height while a female Eurasier is between 48-56cm in height. Average weight is between 23-32kg for dogs and 18-26kg for bitches.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Eurasier is one of the modern breeds of dogs developed by humans. There is no known single ancient Eurasian spitz breed or landrace animal for that matter, that might prove as descendants of spitz-type dogs. This breed was developed in the 1960s by a German professor named Julius Wipfel who wanted an ideal family companion after taking in a dog that had been accompanying Canadian troops during the Second World War which he aptly named “Canadian”. When this dog died, Wipfel wanted a similar size dog that is not only intensely loyal, protective and intelligent but also one that can command respect, calm, and even-tempered, so he set out to develop one. He purchased a German Wolfspitz bitch and mated her with an early type Chow Chow (not the same type as modern Chows). The resulting type was aptly named “wolf-chow” and tried to register the breed but encountered fierce criticisms from Chow and Wolfspitz enthusiasts. During the course of the breed’s development, Wipfel had many collaborators and fellow enthusiasts. After several years of in-breeding, he was advised to add new blood to the breed. Then in 1972, Wipfel chose the Samoyed dog as the outcross and the resulting breed became very popular in Germany as a family pet. It was recognised by the German Kennel Club and the FCI in 1973 and was aptly renamed the “Eurasier”, having the best of both European and Asian dogs’ qualities.
This breed is curious, energetic and intelligent. It is self-assured, docile and even-tempered. Being an all-around family companion, it thrives on human companionship and forms a strong bond with its family. It is typically aloof with strangers but is never aggressive. It is a combination of the best qualities of the Chow Chow, the German Wolfspitz, and the Samoyed dog. Bred solely to be a companion dog, the Eurasier will not thrive in a kennel environment nor in a working environment. It is best suited to live with the family inside the house. Seclusion or confinement will result to depression which can be harmful to the breed. As a companion dog, the Eurasier makes a wonderful therapy dog for patients and elder people. It enjoys getting involved in all family-related activities. It is typically quiet indoors but jumps into action when it is outside. It rarely barks but has a very good reason when it does.
Training is on the moderate side and starts with a strong bond with the Eurasier as soon as the dog is brought home. Build a strong, caring, loving relationship with the puppy in order to win his heart. A Eurasier that feels secured and loved will respond better to training. Early socialisation is also key to raising a well-balanced breed. Take the Eurasier out in the open and let it experience as many people, places, and events as possible. Training should be gentle but firm and never treat the dog harshly when it fails to follow a command. Patience and persistence have its rewards.
The breed’s double coat is made of medium and long hairs with a dense undercoat. It is a heavy but seasonal shedder that usually blows its coat twice a year, particularly during seasonal changes. On a normal day, use a pin brush for general purpose day to day brushing. A slicker brush will make wonders when fluffing up the tail or a puppy’s coat and is also a good tool to remove anything stuck or caught in the fur. During heavy shedding, use a rake to pull some of the loose undercoat and a metal comb to back skim through the undercoat. Matts should be cut off or shaved before combing, particularly those that form behind the ears. Inspect and clean the ears when necessary.
The Eurasier is generally a healthy dog, although a small gene pool in the early years of the breed’s history has led to some genetically inherited diseases including canine hip dysplasia (CHD), patellar luxation, and hypothyroidism. Eye problems such as distichiae, entropion and ectropion are also seen in some Eurasiers. The average life span of the Eurasier is 12 to 14 years.
Exercise is on the low end of the scale. The Eurasier is a low activity dog, having been developed solely as a companion dog. It is typically calm and quiet inside the house with very little exercise needs. It makes a wonderful pet for people with inactive lifestyles. It will do well in an apartment setting or condominium life as it does in a large home with a good size yard. Nevertheless, it is still best for the breed to have a daily walk to stimulate a healthy blood flow.
The Eurasier is an excellent family dog and is a naturally wonderful companion with kids. Older children will do best with the breed, but younger children need adult supervision when playing with the Eurasier. Besides training the dog to become a wonderful family pet, children should also be taught how to handle a dog properly. Teach them not to disturb the dog when it is eating or not snatching his favourite toy when he is playing with it. The Eurasier will get along quite well with other dogs and cats in the house especially if it is raised with them from puppyhood.