Only you can decide if the Eurasier is the right breed for you and your family. We’ve provided some general information on the breed, but would highly recommend that you visit the United States Eurasier Club’s Eurasier Character page.
Eurasiers are medium-sized Spitz type dog with pricked ears. They come in a variety of colors including: fawn, red, wolf-grey, black, and black and tan. They have thick undercoat with longer guard hairs. They may have a pink, blue-black, or spotted tongue. You can view the complete standard on the Eurasier Breed Standard page.
Eurasiers are dignified, intelligent, calm, and even-tempered. Their gentle nature requires understanding and consistent training from their family members. They form strong bonds with their families, but are reserved with strangers. Their attachment to their family requires them to be with their family and not be restricted to kennels or chained in a yard. They are well-mannered house pets; calm and quiet indoors but outdoors they are very lively.
Eurasiers require a good diet and consistent exercise. Health issues include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, distichiae, entropium, and ectropium. The expected lifespan is about 10 to 12 years. For more detailed information, please see the Known Hereditary Defects in Eurasiers page on the Zuchtgemeinschaft für Eurasier e.V. website.
The Eurasier breed is a German dog breed. The first litter was born in 1960. Julius Wipfel crossed the initial breed, the Chow Chow and the German Wolfspitz which resulted in the Wolf-Chow. Later the Samoyed was crossed in and the Eurasier, as he is known today, was developed. The name “Eurasier” refers to the origin of the initial breeds, namely Europe and Asia.
Since ancient times, dogs accompanied man for hunting and herding. Dogs guarded man’s property. Different breeds developed which were skilled in different tasks. Julius Wipfel’s goal was to breed a healthy, well-balanced family and companion dog of calm nature.
He combined the positive characteristics of the initial breeds: the good physical constitution and the low hunting instinct of the German Wolfspitz, the calmness, patience and reserve to non-family members of the Chow, and the friendly nature and alertness of the Samoyed.
Eurasiers are still a comparably young breed. The three Eurasier Clubs, EKW, KZG, and ZG, are in the German Kennel Club VDH / FCI and strongly direct and supervise breeding in Germany. A group of very dedicated Eurasier Clubs have joined together in the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding (IFEZ) in the FCI. Eurasier puppies bred according to these sound IFEZ guidelines receive an IFEZ certificate.
The breed was registered with the German Kennel Club (VDH) and in 1973 recognized by the Federation Cynologique International (FCI) under standard No, 291. The Eurasier breed was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in 1995 as a member of Group 3 (Working Dogs).