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According to Herodotus, upon the death of a dog, all members of an Egyptian household shaved their heads and their whole bodies in mourning.
I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. – Will Rogers
Another of the rare breeds, the Eurasier is a member of the Spitz family of dogs. Julius Wipfel and Charlotte Baldamus of Germany, created the breed in 1960 by crossing the Chow Chow, Wolfspitz (also known as the Keeshond), and later the Samoyed. Originally known as the Wolf-Chow, the breed was renamed Eurasier after the Samoyed was introduced to the bloodline. He was trying to create a healthy, well-balanced family and companion dog of calm nature by combining the best qualities of each breed.
The goal was a dog with the good physical constitution and low hunting instinct of the Wolfspitz, the calmness, patience and reserve with strangers of the Chow, and the friendly nature and alertness of the Samoyed. The resulting dog, the Eurasier, takes his name from the origins of these ancestors, Europe and Asia.
Eurasiers are still a comparably young breed. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized the Eurasier in 1995 as a member of Group 3 (Working Dogs).
Photos displayed courtesy of Paul and Margaret Knight, Naku Reg’d, Ontario
Eurasiers stand 20 1/2 to 23 1/2 inches (52 to 60 cm) tall at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 70 pounds (23-32 kg). They have a soft, thick, undercoat and a harsh medium-length top coat in a variety of colours including red, black, grey, blond, or sable. In fact all colours are seen except for solid white or liver.
Shedding is seasonal (once or twice a year). The dog will shed his entire undercoat over a three week period. Regular grooming is required. The breed’s coat provides enough protection for them to live outdoors. However, this dog prefers to live indoors with his family. Like all Spitz dogs, he carries his tail curled up over his back.
The Eurasier is an even tempered dog, generally calm and peaceful. He can tolerate a high degree of provocation without becoming aggressive. A self-assured dog, he is an excellent family pet as he becomes very attached to his owners. He is wonderful with children and other family pets as he possesses no prey drive. He has even been called a “cat-charmer”!
Eurasiers were bred to be companions and are extremely attached to their families. They require constant close contact with them. As they are also extremely sensitive training must be consistent and understanding as they will respond best to soft corrections, not harsh words or discipline. For best results, training should be done by a member of the family.
The Eurasier is an intelligent watchful breed. Always alert, they are not barkers unless there is a good reason. They are reserved towards strangers without being timid or aggressive. Because of his strong bond with his family, he doesn’t like to be separated from them. This not the dog to be kept outside in a kennel or confined to a small space. He will become unhappy and pine for his family. He enjoys all kinds of activities especially those shared with his people.
Like all dogs, he requires exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind. Outdoors he is lively and ready for action.