What is the temperament of a Eurasier?

Eurasiers are calm and even-tempered dogs who are poised and command respect. They are very attached to their families and can only live as part of their family inside the house. While very attached on one hand, on the other hand they have kept a certain amount of independence that can also give them the right amount of stubbornness. They are eager to please their owners, are loving and gentle. They learn playfully, without any harsh words or constant repetition. Gentle affection and understanding is what entices them to learn. What is important to remember is that each individual dog has his or her very own characteristics and temperament. Some Eurasiers can be friendly and open to strangers while others are reserved and prefer not to be touched by strangers or they might take some time to warm up to them and make their own decision as to when to approach. It is a trait that I cherish in this breed as you can be sure that they do not approach and jump at everyone who comes your way while you are walking your dog. Eurasiers are no guard-dogs but are instinctively watchful over their home and property.

Do Eurasiers have a hunting instinct?

While the standard states that Eurasiers have no hunting instinct, I believe that this statement needs a little explanation. Eurasiers are not dogs that have a full instinct of hunting after wildlife to kill it. That does not mean that a Eurasier does not have the desire to run after rabbits or squirrels that he might see on a walk or run after some deer. It again depends on the individual dog. Some do not care at all, some can be easily called back, some will run no matter what. If your dog shows the desire to run off, a lot can be done through thorough training. Watch your dog. The earlier you start with training, the better.

Do Eurasiers bark a lot?

Generally, Eurasiers do not bark a lot. While they might bark for a reason (a stranger on your property, for example), they are not incessant barkers. There can be an occasional dog who barks more than the average but generally it is a quiet breed.

Is it difficult to keep the Eurasier well-groomed?

While their beautiful lush coats look as if they need a lot of grooming, keeping a Eurasier coat nice is not that difficult. You have to be consistent with combing and brushing the dog and pay attention that you reach the woolly undercoat when you groom your dog you can keep your dog looking good and free from mats. None of my dogs has ever seen a groomer - consistency pays off. Eurasiers do not need baths unless they roll in something that smells unpleasant. They do not have the normal doggy odor when they get wet.

How are Eurasiers with other Pets?

Eurasiers generally get along well with other dogs, particularly with those of their own kind. They love to play and do not act aggressively. Should you have an intact male Eurasier you might have to pay attention if you encounter other intact males as they usual male showing off that often sounds worse than it is might surface. Eurasiers were known as cat charmers. They get along well with cats in their own household if they are properly introduced to them. They do differentiate though between cats that live in their own family as opposed to cats they meet outside which they might chase. Some Eurasiers have rabbits, chinchillas or guinea pigs as friends in their family too and they do not harm them.

Exercise Requirements

Like all dogs, Eurasiers deserve a nice long walk per day which can hopefully include some off-leash running time and, if possible, some play-time with other dogs. Of course, it depends on where you live and how your dog is trained. Some dogs like to go into the water, some rather keep their feet dry. Exercise should be ensured for all dogs to support their health and general well-being. The breed is, however, not overly demanding when it comes to exercise.

Warm Weather/Cold Weather

While the Eurasier loves cold weather and enjoys running through the snow, they like to keep cool in summer. Since they have a thick coat, be sure to limit longer walks to the cooler mornings and evenings and offer the dog an air-conditioned place inside the house or a shady place outside to stay. Do NOT shave your Eurasier. The coat regulates heat and cold.

General Health

Generally, Eurasiers are a healthy and robust breed. The breed clubs or origin and the International Federation of Eurasier Breeding requires thorough health testing for the dogs to minimize health problems. In the United States Eurasier Club, Inc. dogs must have their hip, patella and eye certification prior to breeding. Further a full thyroid panel must be run and the dogs must be tested to confirm if they are carriers of Dandy Walker Like Malformation. Breeders must notify the Board of the club of their breeding plans and submit proof of the test results. Each breeder must do his or her utmost best to analyze the pedigree of both breeding partners to assure that both dogs are the best match from a genetic and phenotypical point of view. The club offers assistance.

Possible Hereditary Diseases in the Breed

Possible are: Hip dysplasia, elbow displasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, gastric torsion, EPI, distichiasis (double row of eye lashes). Based on thorough health testing (to my knowledge) there are hardly any cases of hip dysplasia in North America. Consistent testing and thoughtful breeding decisions should keep health problem tendencies at a minimum. Please ask your breeder for the test results of their breeding dogs and check if there if he or she has any knowledge of health concerns in their ancestry. Reputable breeders will provide their puppy owners copies of the official health test results and access to the parents’ health records prior to the purchase.