The Eurasier breed is a German dog breed. The first litter was born in 1960. Julius Wipfel crossed the initial breed, the Chow Chow and the German Wolfspitz which resulted in the Wolf-Chow. Later the Samoyed was crossed in and the Eurasier, as he is known today, was developed. The name Eurasier refers to the origin of the initial breeds, namely Europe and Asia.The breed was registered with the German Kennel Club (VDH) and in 1973 recognized by the Federation Cynologique International (FCI) under standard No, 291.

Why was a new breed developed?

Since ancient times dogs accompanied man for hunting and herding. Dogs guarded man’s property. Different breeds developed which were skilled in different tasks. Julius Wipfel’s goal was to breed a healthy, well-balanced family and companion dog of calm nature.

He combined the positive characteristics of the initial breeds: the good physical constitution and the low hunting instinct of the German Wolfspitz, the calmness, patience and the reservedness towards non-family members of the Chow, and the friendly nature and alertness of the Samoyed.

The Eurasier has an even disposition, is intelligent, and has striking good looks. The Eurasier is a good guard dog. He does not need to be specifically trained for this purpose. His instinct keeps him from being aggressive to strangers but he keeps a safe distance and remains alert at all times. Although the Eurasier is a good watch dog, he is no barker. He only barks to draw attention to what he discovers. It is important to know that Eurasiers cannot be kept in kennels or as an outside dog. They need close contact to their families and human interaction. They are family dogs. Needless to say that they are good with children. It is not advisable to keep a Eurasier if you are working full time. He would not be happy if he had to stay at home all day by himself, maybe even crated. Eurasiers do well with other dogs, cats, and small animals. They can adapt to apartments (if big enough), houses, or farms. Of course, he needs his daily walks.

Eurasiers can excel in obedience training as long as the training stays playful and does not become too repetitive. Some Eurasiers really enjoy agility.

Eurasiers are double-coated. When intact, they shed their undercoat about twice a year. While, generally, brushing once a week is sufficient, during the shedding season it is recommended to brush them more frequently. Generally, baths are not necessary since Eurasiers do not have the common doggy odor. Baths are only required when the dog decided to roll in something that did not smell too pleasant.

The photo of Maja is courtesy of Barbara Post.