OK, in this article, we wanted to take a moment and discuss the dog breed called Eurasier, not to be confused with the 1980s band Erasure, which can only be described as one of our guilty little pleasures here at IndulgeYourPet! And before you give us too much grief about it, we would challenge you to YouTube their greatest hits and not lose an hour of your life!
Let’s get back to Eurasier the Dog because they’re pretty fantastic, too; they need a “bit” more work. This is why, in this article, we wanted to try and give folks an idea of what it might be like to own an Eurasier dog so that if you’ve ever had a chance to own one, you won’t regret doing so six months later.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Eurasier Dog Breed Fast Facts
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Purpose: Companionship
Height: 19 to 24 inches
Weight: 40 to 70 pounds
Dog Breed Classification: Not “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Lifespan: 12 to 16 years
Origin of the Eurasier Dog Breed
The origins of the Eurasier dog breed is a rather sweet tale that dates back to the early 1960s when Julius Wipfel, a severe dog enthusiast from Germany, lost his beloved black “Spitz-type” companion animal. As a result of his loss, he decided to “create” a new dog that would be equally intelligent as his Spitz was while being a bit more representative of their ancient ancestor, the wolf. And still, be considered a good family pet as well.
“Tinkering” around a bit, Julius and several other dog enthusiasts, including Charlotte Baldamus, ultimately found what he was looking for when they cross-breed a Chow Chow and a Wolfspitz. Creating precisely what they were looking for. They then decided to call their new creation an “Eurasier” due to the European Wolfspitz ancestry and the Asian influence provided by the Chow Chow. While the Eurasier isn’t yet “officially” recognized by the American Kennel Club, it has been recognized by the Federation Cynlogique International and the German Kennel Club since 1973.
Given the parent breeds of the Eurasier, it really shouldn’t be a huge surprise to learn that the Eurasier is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog breed with a “well-balanced” and sturdy frame. He has a thick undercoat and medium to long loose guard hairs all over his body that can come in a variety of colors, including:
- Solid black
As well as black and tan. And while you may find some Eurasiers with a white or pure white and tan coat, these dogs are not “technically” considered acceptable according to the current breed standard set by the FCI.
Following are the breed standards:
- Male Eurasiers have a height of 20 to 23 inches and weigh between 23 to 32 kg
- Female Eurasiers have a size between 19 to 22 inches and weigh between 18 to 26 kg
It should also be noted that these dogs can also have “unusually” colored tongues like their Chow Chow parents and can come in blue-black colors or pink. In some cases, the language can even be spotted!
Temperament and Personality
The Eurasier is a calm, confident, family-oriented dog that loves to be as close to their family as possible. This makes it an ideal watchdog as they are always on alert for anything or anyone that could pose a danger to their family. And while they maintain a healthy skepticism of strangers, they don’t tend to be aggressive with them!
These dogs do well…
With families where someone is home during the day or when an owner can take them with them wherever they go during the day. This is perfect because while these guys are more than capable of keeping up with even the most athletic amongst us, they don’t require or demand much exercise. An Eurasier will typically be quite content to follow you around all day or just hang out till you’re ready for a lovely afternoon walk.
Potential Health Concerns
Since the Eurasiers are bred to be sturdy and robust, these dogs are a generally healthy breed. However, like all dog breeds, they are prone to getting a few genetic conditions. Including:
And while none of these “conditions” are potentially life-threatening, they can all be quite expensive if you pay for the total cost of treatment out of pocket.
This is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet always advise any new pet owner to take a moment and see what it might cost to purchase a pet insurance policy for their new loved one. If they ever become sick or injured in the future, you won’t be on the “hook” for 100% of the cost of treatment.
For more information on who we “feel” currently offers some of the “best” pet insurance policies, check out our Top 10 Best Pet Insurance Companies article.