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Wolf-Chow Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United States Eurasian Club

Native Country
Germany

Other Names
Eurasian, Eurasier

Life Expectancy
Approximately 11-13 Years

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group
AKC-FSS

General Description

The Eurasian 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. F d ration Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standards call for the Eurasian 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 Eurasian'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 Standard

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

Eurasians 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 "Eurasian" (Eurasian) and recognized by the FCI in 1973. Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz obtained a Eurasian 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 Eurasian. While they are genetically similar, these mixes cannot be classified as Eurasians.


Behavior

Eurasians are calm, even-tempered dogs. They are watchful and alert, yet reserved towards strangers without being timid or aggressive. Eurasians form a strong link to their families. For the full development of these qualities, the Eurasian 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 Eurasian is a combination of the best qualities of the Chow Chow, the Wolfspitz, and the Samoyed (dog), resulting in a dignified, intelligent breed.

Eurasians 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. Eurasians should never be restricted to only a yard, kennel, crate, or chained up. They would pine and become depressed. Within these limitations, Eurasians can work very well as therapy dogs. This breed enjoys all kinds of activities, especially if the activities involve their family. Eurasians are calm and quiet indoors, outdoors they are lively and enjoy action. Eurasians rarely bark but if they do, they usually have a good reason.

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.


Eurasians 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.



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