The Eurasier is a fairly young dog breed originated in 1960s. The breeder Julius Wipfel decided to make a new dog breed by crossing the Chow Chow and Wolfspitz. Or Keeshond if you wish. The first crosses were named as Wolf-Chow, but 12 years later the Wolf-Chow was also crossed with Samoyed. The result was the Eurasier we know today.
Unlike most of the breeds, the Eurasier was not developed to be a hunter, protector or a sheepdog. The goal of the breeding was to develop an even tempered, medium sized dog, that will create the best family companion. And i would say, that the goal was accomplished.
The breed was officially recognized by the FCI in 1973 as a part of a part of the Spitz or Primitive Group. Their popularity is still raising, but it is pretty hard to find them outside the Germany and Switzerland. But they are more and more common in the USA and UK as well. It is estimated, that there is around 8 500 purebred Eurasiers around the world these days.
4) Not a worker
On the first sight, the Eurasier looks like a typical worker right. You might think that it is a sled dog, maybe a protector or drover dog. Well, that is not quite true, as i already mentioned earlier, they were bred to become the best family companion and because of that, they were never used for a hard work. On the other hand, they can be trained to become great empathetic therapy dogs!
5) Family member
Eurasier are creating extremely strong bonds with the family. They will not be happy, if they will live in a kennel by themselves without enough social contact. They want to be part of the pack, part of the family. This is a sensitive, loyal, calm and affectionate breed. They are typically okay with other dogs and kids in the family, but you should not leave any dog with a small child unsupervised.
Have you ever wondered why this breed is called Eurasier? What is the name meaning? The name symbolize the dogs combined heritage of Asian and European breed. The Chow Chow is its Asian part, while the Wolfspitz/Keeshond is its European part.
This is a well balanced, medium sized Spitz like dog with pricked ears. The average Eurasier height is between 48-60 cm, which is 19-24 inch and weight should be between 18-32 kg, which is 40-70 pounds. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
This is an alert and watchful breed that is reserved with strangers. And indeed, they do make quite good watchdogs, because they will most likely alert you by barking when something suspicious is going on around your property. On the other hand, they make only poor guards, because the Eurasier is not an agressive breed.
When you see the Eurasier dense doublecoat, you probably think that this is a high maintenance breed. Well, it is realtelive easy to groom dog. They do shed, so brushing one or two times a week is neede to remove the dead hair and minimize the shedding, but that is quite, it, no much other grooming is needed. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears and nails and clip them or clean them if needed. This is also not extremely active dog breed and many owners even describe them as lazy dogs. But of course, just like all dogs, they do need daily longer walks or good playtime to be happy.
The Eurasier is typically very healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years. They can suffer from similar health issues as its ancestors, which is hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation or hypothyroidism.