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Is the Eurasier right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Eurasian; Eurasian Dog

The basics:
In 1960, German breeder Julius Wipfel began to develop the Eurasier in an effort to duplicate the striking looks and intelligence of a dog he called "the Canadian" which had been left behind by troops after WWII-- but without the so-called Canadian's undesirable traits like its strong prey drive. With a blend of Chow Chow, Wolfspitz, and a touch of Samoyed in its background, the Eurasier's name was chosen to reflect its European and Asian origins. It became quite popular in Europe and was recognized as a breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1973. The American Kennel Club (AKC) added the Eurasier to its Foundation Stock Service in 2008, a first step toward recognition in the US.

This fluffy dog is easy on the eyes, but it has the Spitz personality and needs loving, consistent socialization. Know how to train using positive reinforcement rather than harsh methods that might cause you to lose your pet's trust.

Note: Some breeders have claimed their Keeshond / Chow Chow hybrids were Eurasiers. Know your breeder.

Appearance / health:
The Eurasier is a medium-sized Spitz type dog breed with a balanced and well-constructed appearance. They have a balanced head and a muzzle that is neither too coarse or too pointed. Their strong jaws with a broad arch to the lower jaw are accentuated by the dark, medium-sized eyes of the Eurasier, and triangular ears with slightly rounded tips. Eurasiers have a strong and muscular neck and back, well developed forechest, pronounced withers, and a straight broad rump. The bushy tail is round and firm, tapering toward the tip, and carried lying forward over the back, or bent slightly sideways or rolled up.

The Eurasier requires a moderate amount of grooming. Daily brushing may be required in the shedding season.

A Eurasier needs a good amount of exercise. Time spent outdoors provide the Eurasiers with an opportunity for mental stimulation, as they learn to understand their environment, which is necessary to avoid destructive behavior.

Eurasiers may be prone to hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease that causes a malformation of the hip joints. They may also suffer from patella luxation, which results from abnormalities of the bones in the hind legs. Entropion (an inward folding of the eyelid, particularly the lower one), ectropion (an outward turning or sagging of the eyelid), and distichiasis (a condition in which eyelashes arises from an abnormal spot on the eyelid) are hereditary disorders of the eyes that are found among Eurasiers.

Behavior / temperament:
Eurasiers are calm and even tempered dogs with a high degree of confidence. They make good watchdogs and are naturally inclined to guarding their owner’s family. They are reserved, though not timid, with strangers. They are independent dogs with a need for physical and mental stimulation.

Eurasiers are intelligent and independent dogs and respond to a training approach that is firm yet gentle, and consistent. They learn happily, but are easily bored, and dislike repeatative drills. Early socialization is necessary for this breed.

They are calm dogs that will not bark excessively, or without reason.

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