While the Eurasier was officially developed in Germany by Julius Wipfel in 1960 by crossing the Wolfspitz and the Chow Chow, it is also considered to be the regeneration of the Laika, an ancient Russian breed originating centuries ago in Central Siberia. The main motive of developing the Eurasier was to create a breed which embodied the best characteristics of both the parent breeds. The initial offspring were called the Wolf-Chow, which when crossed with the Samoyed developed into the Eurasier.
The Eurasier is recognised as a breed by the German Kennel Club, and was also granted recognition by the Federation Cynologique Internationale. However, this young breed is yet to gain recognition by the American Kennel Club.
The Eurasier is a calmeurasi proper guard dog. This breed makes for a good watchdog due to its alert and watchful nature. It is reserved with strangers without being timid or aggressive, but is extremely loyal and affectionate towards its owner. The Eurasier is quite intelligent and learns quickly; however, it does not do well with harsh reprimands.
- Activity level: 2/5 (mildly active and can be lazy)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (curious)
- Friendliness: 3/5 (friendly)
- Vocal: 2/5 (mildly vocal)
Balanced and well constructed, the Eurasier is a medium sized dog breed which inherits appearance traits from both its ancestors. While its wedge shaped head is a product of its Spitz hereditary, its almond shaped eyes come from its Oriental forebears. It has a thick undercoat and loosely lying medium long guard hair all over its body.
- Fur: Double coat fur with thick undercoat; tail, hind legs and front legs covered with long hair. Colours include fawn, wolf-grey, red, solid black, and black and tan.
- Eyes: Almond shaped eyes.
- Body structure: Medium sized body, proportionately built; solid, slightly rectangular bone structure.
- Facial features: Wedge shaped head, pricked ears.
- Weight: Male Eurasier weigh around 50 to 70 lbs, whereas the female Eurasier weigh around 40 to 57 lbs.
Grooming requirement is pretty minimal for the Eurasier considering the length and density of its coat; brushing once or twice a week is considered adequate. The Eurasier might undergo heavy shedding once or twice a year; during this time, warm baths, blow drying and daily brushing is recommended.
The Eurasier suffers from a few health conditions such as patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia and autoimmune thyroiditis owing to its small gene pool. Hip and elbow dysplasia is diagnosed by imaging techniques such as MRI, CT and X-rays scans, whereas invasive techniques such as arthroscopy may also be used for diagnosis. Patellar Luxation also uses imaging techniques in conjugation with synovial fluid analysis to diagnose the condtion. Surgical intervention may be required in all these cases. Autoimmune thyroiditis requires blood sampling tests and complete blood profiling to diagnose.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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