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Eurasier, not common, but the nicest breed imaginable
Member Name: TRadford
Date: 15/04/10, updated on 16/04/10 (582 review reads)
Advantages: Loving, loyal, gentle, very pretty, easy to keep
Not many people have heard of the Eurasier. Originally bred in Germany in the 1960's it was a cross bewteen a chowchow and Wolfspitz. Its aim was to create a dog with the best qualities of both these breeds. 12 years later, the Samoyed was introduced into the breed and this is dog we have today complete with the chow chow's blue tounge!
Its temperament was the main reason for this dog being bred, and as such they make excelent family pets. They are extremely loyal and are a very caring and loving breed.
Most Eurasiers are 'watchful and alert without being noisy' (FCI Standard), which makes them good watchdogs - but NOT good guard dogs. They will typically bark a short warning when someone approaches the house, for example, but will quickly settle down again if they are satisfied there is no real threat.
Eurasiers crave companionship, so should never be left alone for long periods of time. They are very much house pets and should not be restricted to one area. They love to follow the owners around the home.
The breed is a small to medium dog, with males having a height of 52 to 60 cm (20-23.5 inches) at the withers and weigh approximately 23 to 32 kg (50-70 lb).
The female has a height of 48 to 56 cm (19-22 inches) at the withers and weighs anywhere from 18 to 26 kg.
The coat is double layed with a very soft outer coat and a waxier undercoat. Due to this, they are very clean dogs and do not smell. They require frequent grooming and mault approximatly 2 times a year.
There are several variations of the colours of the breed. My particular favourite being wolf grey. Other colours commonly found are fawn, grey, solid black and black and tan. Wolf grey are one of the rarer colours, which means these dogs are usualy at a premium.
Overal Eurasiers are very healthy dogs, being such a young breed, interbreeding is rare, and with tight controls on which dogs are bred with which helps with this.
Known issues include hip dysplasia, luxating patella, and hypothyroidism, as well as eyelid and lash disorders such as distichiae, entropion and ectropion. All dogs should be hip scored and health checked before breeding to help eliminate as much risk as possible.
As a rule, Eurasiers do not eat a lot, and can be very fussy in what the eat. I my experience, they only eat when they are hungy, unlike a certain King Charles Spaniel I know, who would eat until he was physically unable to. They are also very messy drinkers, with approximately half the bowl of water remaining on the floor and over the walls after a drink!
Our Eurasier Sebbe is now just over 2 years old and has the loveliest softest temperament. He loves to play and loves people. He is a very inteligent dog, although sometimes seems to lack a little common sense.
He is a true friend, and whilst does crave attention at times, is equally happy lying on the sofa all night. He loves long walks and can go on much longer than we can. A 3-4 mile hill walk is just warming up for him, so fit, healthy and active owners are a must. He doesnt like being left alone, but he is fine for a few hours if you do need to go out without him. He has never damaged the house, just barks and whines when you leave and gets very excited on our return.
He looks quite intimidaing to some, but those that know him, know he is a big fluffy teddy who loves tickles and loves to play with whatever toys he can get his paws on, even if they arent meant for him!!
It took us a long time to find a breed of dog to suit us and our lifestyle, but in the Eurasier we definatley made the right choice. I couldnt ask for aa prettier and more loving dog!
There are only a handfull of Eurasier breeders in this country, so the waiting lists for these can be quite long. There are several litters born every few months, so early contact with breeders to be put on notification lists is advised. There are also several Eurasier clubs in the UK. These are groups dedicated to the breed and offer lots of benefits to owners, including events throughout the year.
As these dogs are quite rare in this country, the price is a lot higher than a standrad breed of dog. Being a pedigree breed, this also inflates prices. Expect to pay between £800-£1000 for a puppy from a reputable breeder. As with all dogs, always visit them at thier home with the mother. The puppies often dont get their true colours until later on in life, so picking a particular colour can be a bit hit and miss. The puppies are born with floppy ears, and within a few months they prick up, sometimes one later than the other whcih can look quite a amusing for a while!
Summary: I wouldnt be without an Eurasier now.
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