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BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION

Eurasier
BOB at the World Dog Show, Dortmund, Germany
Photo courtesy: The North American Eurasier Committee

Breed Registries:


Note: The all-breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Origin:

Germany

Height:

Males: 20 to 23 inches at the withers (52-60 cm) - Females: 19 to 22 inches (48-56 cm)

Weight:

Males: 50 to 70 lbs (23-32 kg) - Females: 40 to 57 lbs (18-26 kg)

Breed Profile:

Relatively new to North America, the Eurasier was developed approximately 45 years ago in Germany where he is known as the "ideal house dog". The goal in the development of the breed was to create a medium-sized, distinctive Spitz type dog with beautiful colours, Chow Chow males were crossed with German Wolfspitz females (similar to the Keeshond but larger) and given the name "Wolf-Chow". Later, a female of these breedings was crossed with a male Samoyed creating what is now known as the Eurasier. The breed was officially recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club in June, 1995.

The Eurasier is highly intelligent, alert, and quick-witted. He bonds very strongly with his family and is excellent with children. He also makes a good watchdog due to his reservations and distrust of strangers. He will bark an alarm only when necessary and, when provoked, can emit a deep, wolf-like growl. However, he generally avoids conflict and has few aggressive tendencies.

He has a medium-length coat that is soft, straight, abundant and luxurious. Colours range from red, fawn, wolf grey, sable and black. He has a bushy tail that curls proudly over his back and his dark, almond-shaped eyes show his expression of intelligence. He may also have a blue-black tongue inherited from his Chow Chow ancestors.

The life expectancy of the Eurasier is from 12 to 15 years.

A word of caution for those interested in the Eurasier breed: Unfortunately, when the breed was first recognized as the "Eurasier", the name was not legally protected. This has opened the door to unethical breeders simply crossing a Chow Chow with a Keeshond and selling the pups as "Eurasiers". Purebred Eurasiers are the result of more than 40 years of carefully crossing the Chow Chow, German Wolfspitz and Samoyed. If you are looking for a Eurasier puppy, take care to ask questions and verify that the breeder is in fact responsible and reputable.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Eurasier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

The Eurasier has an overwhelming desire to please which makes him very easy to train. He responds best to soft reprimand as he is extremely sensitive to harsh words or discipline.

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
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Additional Information

  • A History of the Eurasier Breed — From the United States Eurasier Club
  • Eurasier Yahoo Discussion Forum — A general Eurasier enthusiasts' forum.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More