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Eurasian

Eurasian


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Breed Organization
United States Eurasier Club
Website: http://www.useurasierclub.org
Native Country
Germany
Other Names
Wolf-Chow, Eurasier
Life Expectancy
Approximately 11-13 Years
Litter Size
No Information Available
Breed Group
AKC FSS

Breed Appearance
The Eurasier is a balanced, well-constructed, medium-sized Spitz (Spitzen) type dog with prick ears. It comes in different colors: fawn, red, wolf-grey, solid black, and black and tan. All color combinations are allowed, except for pure white, white patches, and liver color. Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standards call for the Eurasier to have a thick undercoat and medium-long, loosely lying guard hair all over the body, with a short coat on the muzzle, face, ears, and front legs. The tail and the back of the front legs (feathers) and hind legs (breeches) should be covered with long hair. The coat on the Eurasier's neck should be slightly longer than on the body, but not forming a mane. The breed may have a pink, blue-black or spotted tongue.

Breed Description
Head: Triangular. Wedge-shaped skull is not overly broad. Stop not pronounced. Muzzle tapers to the nose. Strong jaws. Black lips.
Ears: Medium size, triangular, slightly rounded tips. Held erect.
Eyes: Medium size, set slightly obliquely in the skull. Dark color. Black rims.
Body: Solid, not overly short. Muscular neck. Pronounced withers. Prominent forechest. Oval rib cage. Straight, broad croup. Straight, muscular back.
Tail: Straight, round, and solid at the root, tapering to the tip. Carried forward over the back, slightly curved over the side of the loin, or curled.
Hair: Moderately long. Not truly stand-off, but not lying close to the skin. Short on the face, and front of the legs. Longer on the neck, tail, and back of the legs (feathering and culottes). Dense undercoat.
Coat: All colors and combinations are permissible except pure white, pinto, or brown.
Size: Dog: 52 to 60 cm (20.5-23.5 in).Bitch: 48 to 56 cm (19-22 in).
Weight: Dog: 23 to 32 kg (50.8-70.5 b).Bitch: 18 to 26 kg (39.7-57.5 lb).


History
Eurasiers originated in Germany in 1960, when the founder, Julius Wipfel, set out together with Charlotte Baldamus and a small group of enthusiasts to create a breed with the best qualities of the Chow Chow and the Wolfspitz. The initial combination of the breeds resulted in what was first called "Wolf-Chow" and then, twelve years later, after crossing with a Samoyed, was renamed "Eurasier" (Eurasian) and recognized by the FCI in 1973. Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz obtained a Eurasier puppy from Charlotte Baldamus, Nanette vom Jaegerhof, whom he called "Babett". He thought her character was the best he had ever known in a dog.

Today, unethical breeders sometimes try to pass off a Keeshond/Chow Chow mix as a Eurasier. While they are genetically similar, these mixes cannot be classified as Eurasiers.


Behavior
Eurasiers are calm, even-tempered dogs. They are watchful and alert, yet reserved towards strangers without being timid or aggressive. Eurasiers form a strong link to their families. For the full development of these qualities, the Eurasier needs constant close contact with its family, combined with understanding, yet consistent, training. They are extremely sensitive to harsh words or discipline and respond best to soft reprimand. The Eurasier is a combination of the best qualities of the Chow Chow, the Wolfspitz, and the Samoyed (dog), resulting in a dignified, intelligent breed.

Eurasiers were bred as companion dogs; as such they do poorly in a kennel environment such as those commonly used for institutionally trained service dogs, nor are they well suited for the social stresses of working as a sled or guard dog. Training should always be done through family members, not through strangers or handlers. Eurasiers should never be restricted to only a yard, kennel, crate, or chained up. They would pine and become depressed. Within these limitations, Eurasiers can work very well as therapy dogs. This breed enjoys all kinds of activities, especially if the activities involve their family. Eurasiers are calm and quiet indoors, outdoors they are lively and enjoy action. Eurasiers rarely bark but if they do, they usually have a good reason.


Health
Eurasiers are generally healthy dogs, though a small gene pool in the breed's early years has led to some hereditary diseases being seen occasionally. Known issues include hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and hypothyroidism, as well as eyelid and lash disorders such as distichiae, entropion, and ectropion.

Advice
If this dog is to live indoors, he must get out for daily walks. The Eurasian hates to be left alone or tied up. This very clean dog must be brushed regularly.

Function
Guard Dog, Pet.