|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 5 Section 5 #291
||Group 7 (Non-Sporting Group)
||Group 3 - Working Dogs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Eurasier, sometimes referred to as the Eurasian, is a
dog that is
relatively unknown in
America, but in
Europe it is widely known as a wonderful companion that maintains his own
personality, has a dignified reserve to strangers, a strong bond to its family
and that is relatively easy to train.
The Eurasier is a balanced, well-constructed, medium-sized
type dog with prick ears. It comes in different colors: fawn, red, wolf-grey,
black, and black and tan. All color combinations are allowed, except for pure
white, white patches, and liver color.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) standards call for the Eurasier
to have a thick
and medium-long, loosely lying
all over the body, with a short coat on the muzzle, face, ears, and front legs.
The tail and the back of the front legs (feathers) and hind legs (breeches)
should be covered with long hair. The coat on the Eurasier's neck should be
slightly longer than on the body, but not forming a mane. The breed may have a
pink, blue-black or spotted tongue.
The male has a height of 52 to 60 cm (20-24 inches) at the
weighs approximately 23 to 32 kg (50-70 lbs).
The female has a height of 48 to 56 cm (16-18 inches) at the withers and
weighs anywhere from 18 to 26 kg (40-60 lbs).
Eurasiers are calm, even-tempered dogs. They are watchful and alert, yet
reserved towards strangers without being timid or aggressive. Eurasiers form a
strong link to their families and are fond of children. For the full development
of these qualities, the Eurasier needs constant close contact with its family,
combined with understanding, yet consistent, training. They are extremely
sensitive to harsh words or discipline and respond best to soft reprimand. The
Eurasier is a combination of the best qualities of the
and the Samoyed,
resulting in a dignified, intelligent breed.
Eurasiers are not suitable as working dogs. Training should always be done
through family members, not through strangers or handlers. Eurasiers should
never be restricted to only a yard, kennel, crate, or chained up. They would
pine and become depressed. This breed enjoys all kinds of activities for all the
family, e.g. agility. Eurasiers are calm and quiet indoors, outdoors they are
lively and enjoy action.
Eurasier puppy with "wolf grey" coat
Eurasiers originated in Germany in 1960, when the founder, Julius Wipfel, set
out together with Charlotte Baldamus and a small group of enthusiasts to create
a breed with the best qualities of the Chow-Chow and the Wolfspitz. The initial
combination of the breeds resulted in what was first called "Wolf-Chow" and
then, twelve years later, after crossing with a Samoyed, was renamed "Eurasier"
(Eurasian) and recognized by the FCI in 1973. Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz
obtained a Eurasier puppy from Charlotte Baldamus, Nanette vom Jaegerhof, whom
he called "Babett". He thought her character was the best he had ever known in a
Today, unethical breeders sometimes try to pass off a
mix as a Eurasier. While they are genetically similar, these mixes cannot be
classified as Eurasiers.
Eurasiers are still a comparably young breed. The three Eurasier Clubs in the
German Kennel Club VDH / FCI —EKW, KZG, and ZG—therefore strongly direct and
supervise breeding in Germany. A group of very dedicated European Eurasier Clubs
have joined together in the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding (IFEZ)
in the FCI. Eurasier puppies bred according to these sound IFEZ guidelines
receive an IFEZ certificate.
- Annelie Feder et al., Eurasier heute. For this German book
together with an English printout, see the website of the EKW.
- Julius Wipfel, Eurasier. In this book dated 1974, Julius Wipfel
outlined his ideals on how to care, keep and breed Eurasiers. For an English
translation turn to the KZG.
The three original German Eurasier Clubs in the VDH/FCI:
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