Easygoing and positive, the Eurasier is a wonderful household companion. While it does have an independent spirit, the Eurasier enjoys being close to its family. This is not the type of canine to follow its master around the house, but it likes to feel like a member of the family as opposed to a backyard dog.
- 50 - 70 pounds
- 20 - 23 inches
Ideal Human Companions
- Outdoorsy types
- Active singles
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Not considered a working or hunting dog, the Eurasier is still a very good protector. Watchful and restrained, this dog knows the difference between a real threat and a non-threat. The Eurasier is playful and gentle with children, not to mention a soft and furry friend-for-life.
Things You Should Know
The Eurasier can live as long as 14 years with relatively few genetic health issues. However, it should be tested for common ailments like hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. The Eurasier needs regular brushing and grooming, especially during fall and spring shedding seasons.
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.
German breeder Julius Wipfel developed the Eurasier in 1960. Wipfel, who wanted to create a wolf-like Spitz with a family-dog temperament, developed the breed by crossing the Wolfspitz and the Chow-Chow. Originally called the Wolf-Chow, it was renamed the Eurasier after the breed was crossed with the Samoyed.
The Look of a Eurasier
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.