AKC Dog Breeds: Eurasier

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Foundation Stock Service® Breed
Height: 20-23 inches   Weight: 50-70 pounds  Color: blond, sable, red, grey and black

The Eurasier, sometimes referred to as Eurasian, is a breed of dog of spitz type that originated in Germany. It is widely known as a wonderful companion that maintains its own personality, has a dignified reserve to strangers, a strong bond to its family and that is relatively easy to train. 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. Today the Eurasier breed exists in many different countries, mainly in Europe. It is successfully represented by the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding ("IFEZ"), a federation that watches closely over the Eurasiers' health and controlled breeding. Currently, there are about 6000 Eurasiers in Europe and about 450 in North America, with more than 150 in the United States. The Eurasier has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2008.

General Appearance
The Eurasier is a medium-sized, spitz-type dog with a thick woolly undercoat, soft, medium length outer coat in various colors, and a bushy tail that it carries over its back. It has dark, expressive almond-shaped eyes and can have a pink, blue-black or spotted tongue. The ears of the Eurasier are medium size, triangular, and have slightly rounded tips, and are carried pricked. Balanced, well constructed, slightly longer than high, the Eurasier has a Spitz-type frame covered in a thick, medium-length coat that can come in almost any color. Its wedge-shaped head has a tapered muzzle, dark eyes, and erect, triangular ears. Its strong, muscular neck may have some chest mane, and its plumed tail can either be carried over the back or hanging.


The Eurasier is a clean and quiet dog, confident and affectionate; loving and tolerant with children, compatible with other pets, and loyal to all members of the family. 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 Keeshond, and the Samoyed, resulting in a dignified, intelligent breed. Eurasiers are not suitable as working dogs. They were bred as companion dogs. Training should always be done through family members, not through strangers or handlers. 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. Clean, quiet, intelligent, easy to train and very eager to please, this very well could be the perfect dog if you have a good vacuum and don't mind a bit of dog hair.


Grooming requirements for this breed are moderate. Eurasiers do not have a natural “doggie odor”, and if kept in clean surroundings, a bath 2-3 times a year is all that’s required. Their coat requires regular weekly brushing, although that could increase to daily grooming during seasonal shedding periods.

Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The Eurasier can live as long as 14 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Hip dysplasia, patella luxation and congenital eye disease (entroprion, ectroprion) can occur.  The  Eurasier has a life expectancy of 11-14 years.

Activity Level
The Eurasier will be perfectly happy living in an average-sized apartment as long as it gets plenty of exercise and family time. This is not the type of dog to leave alone or keep confined in small spaces. A daily walk is required to keep the Eurasier happy and healthy. During walks the Eurasier is full of energy.


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