EURASIER DOG BREED
This magnificent dog originated in Germany in 1960, from a combination of three races- the Chow Chow, Keeshond (Wolfspitz) and eventually Samoyed. Through strict selection and rigorous breeding planning, Julius Wipfel managed to develop an independent breed of dog that is well adapted to today’s environment. The name Eurasier symbolizes this breed’s combined European and Asian heritage.
Height: 19-24 Inches Weight: 40 – 71 Ibs Lifespan: 12-14 years
The Eurasier Dog is a harmoniously built dog of medium-sized, which belongs to the Spitz family. His robust body is slightly longer than tall, his head is wedge-shaped and not too broad. Ears are pointed, typically triangular and medium in size. Their eyes are slightly slanted and dark. The tail is particularly hairy and bushy, and the tongue can be pink, blue-black or spotted.
With its self-confident, balanced nature, the Eurasier Dog is a very popular family dog. This breed is always alert and watchful, but it has a high threshold and barks only when feels threatened. Eurasier Dogs do well with older children since they know how to handle a dog. On the other hand, these dogs are rather cautious with strangers. The Eurasier Dog loves long walks, jogging, cycling and excels at various canine sports. Besides, Eurasiers can easily bear adverse weather conditions.
Physiologically the Eurasier is quite robust, also typical breed diseases have not yet been determined. Occasionally Eurasiers suffer under hypothyroidism or disorders of the musculoskeletal system in old age, here occurs mainly hip dysplasia on. The Eurasier has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Coat / Care:
The Eurasier’s entire body is covered with a dense coat of medium length. Below is a wooly undercoat. The face, muzzle ears and front legs are covered with a short hair, while the tail and the back of the front and hind legs are covered with long hair. Also, the hair is slightly longer on this breed’s neck, not forming a mane though. Eurasier Dogs come in a variety of colors, including red, fawn, sable, black and tan, and solid black. Every color combination is allowed, except liver brown, pure white and white patches. Also, blue markings may be present. The coat needs to be brushed regularly, otherwise it tends to form tangles. In addition, daily brushing during the shedding season is a must. However, the Eurasier has a natural tendency to clean himself.
Although Eurasiers are very affectionate and kind, these dogs are not inclined to submission. Moreover, representatives of this breed even show excessive stubbornness, refusing to obey commands they dislike. For this particular reason, education requires a lot of imagination. Boring and frequent repetitions can only aggravate the teaching process and discourage the dog from learning. Hence, patience, consistency and diversity are of key importance.
Eurasiers require intense exercise in order to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. Since this breed forms a very strong link with every single member of the family, the Eurasier Dog enjoys sharing daily activities with them. Eurasiers are not suitable for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, these dogs are not recommended for apartment living. Keep in mind that this is a very intelligent dog, which will most certainly try to enforce his own will. Still, with food treats or praise, it is very easy to motivate and convince them to do what his owners ask them to.
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