The Eurasian (German: Eurasier) is a breed of dogs created in 1973 after the crossing of the Samoyed, Chow-Chow and Wolf Spitz. It belongs to the Spitz group. Initially, in 1960, Julius Vipfel, Charlotte Baldamus and several other enthusiasts united their efforts by the idea to create a breed that brings together the best qualities of the Chow-Chow and the Wolf Spitzkeeshond (Keeshond). The resulting dog was called Wolfchow (a portmanteau of the German words for keeshond and chow chow). 13 years later the Wolfchow was crossed with a Samoyed and gets its name "Eurasier." The same year the breed was recognized by the FCI.
The Eurasian has an average sized body. Its height varies from 40 to 61 cm and weight from 18 to 30 kg. The head is wedge shaped, with an elongated snout, dark eyes and erect, triangular ears. The neck is muscular, the tail is fluffy and curled over the back.
The Eurasian’s long coat could be wolf gray, red, black and tan or even pure black.
Character and behavior
This is a nice and calm dog who loves to be part of the family. Some representatives build a very strong bond with their masters and experienced difficulties through periods of separation or change. They are good guard dogs that do not bark without a reason. The combination of the best qualities of the Wolfspitz, the Chow Chow, and the Samoyed, created an intelligent and dignified breed.
A valuable feature of the Eurasier is its ability to adapt to any weather conditions. They are quiet and calm indoors, active and full of joy outdoors. Representatives of this breed rarely bark.
Training and education
This breed is easy to train. The basic rule is to socialize your dog and teach him to suppress his stubbornness, as it is quite susceptible to such behavior. With proper education, your puppy will obey without hesitation and will understand your every word. The Eurasian must be rigorously trained and encouraged. This breed is suitable for people without experience in raising dogs. These dogs are calm and confident, not showing any aggression. They are reserved towards strangers, but will never attack them.
In general, the Eurasiers are healthy animals, though a very small genetic pool in the beginning has led to a couple of diseases. Some dogs are prone to thyroid problems and hip dysplasia, as well as lash disorders such as entropion, ectropion, distichiae, and eyelid. The average lifespan is about 11-13 years.
Grooming and care
This breed can easily be grown in an apartment, because it likes to be close to the family members. It is not recommended to leave your dog in the yard, because he needs to be close to his owner, otherwise the isolation will reflect very badly on his psyches. Don't forget the daily walks and exercise, your dog must stay in good shape. The Eurasian fur should be brushed regularly, but no other special care is required.
Children and other pets
These dogs get along fine with children and other pets in the family. They are vigilant and reserved with strangers, due to their highly developed protective instinct.
Some representatives of the breed have a purple, blue-black, pink, or spotted tongue. This is part of the Chow-Chow's heritage.
Eurasiers are a relatively young breed. There were only three Clubs and they all were in Germany. A group dedicated Eurasier Clubs have joined together in the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding (IFEZ) in the FCI. As a result, all puppies for sale of the breed should receive IFEZ certificate to be legitimate.
The Eurasier breed was recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in 1995.