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Look out, the Eurasiers have arrived in the UK. A new breed, developed in the 1950s, its founder had a vision of creating a very special dog -  a healthy, well-balanced family and companion dog of calm nature. So he combined the positive characteristics of the Chow Chow, Wolf-Spitz and the Samoyed and the result was the Eurasier, a dog which excels in Obedience and enjoys agility. Dog trainer and agilty competitor Stacey Watkins of Albion Eurasiers provided this information.

The breed began in 1960 when Julius Wipfel, together with other enthusiasts in Germany, mated his Wolf-Spitz bitch Bella and three of her daughters to three different Chow-Chows. He was trying to breed a dog with a good physical constitution and low hunting instinct - calm, patient and reserved but friendly and alert The result from these lines were called Wolf-Chows. In 1972 the Samoyed was added and the combined qualities of all three breeds completed his quest. He renamed the breed to 'Eurasier' as the dogs used originated in both Europe and Asia.

In 1973 the Eurasier was recognized as a breed by the German Kennel Club VDH and FCI. Today there are three main Eurasier Clubs in Germany. These are  ZG, ZKG, EKW

Eurasiers live to around the age of 12 14 years and come in every colour except white, white and liver or white patches. They only bark when threatened and need to be brushed once a week. There height on average for a bitch is 52cm and for a dog 56cm.

The Eurasier develops a close bond to their family and should not be kept in a kennel or back garden. They want to be close to their family, and enjoy outdoor activities with them. Some people who are allergic to dog hair do not have a reaction to the Eurasier.

They compete  in Agility in France, Canada, America and many other countries. They do very well and learn very fast with positive training.

There are only a limited number of Eurasiers in the UK and new blood is needed to improve the gene pool. This can only be done by importing the best blood line in to this country, so some responsible breeders are under taking this task.

Health Faults
There are three main faults that can appear in this breed and those are:-

  •  Patella Luxation

  •  Hip Displacier

  •  Eye Diseases

The parents and grandparents of the Eurasier puppy should have been tested for the above faults. A good breeder will inform you of the tests are that they carry out as these tests ensure good breeding lines are established and maintained

About the author...
Stacey Watkins is a dog trainer and keen agility competitor, for around six years. She has trained and competed with several breeds of dogs over the years, which have ranged for Yorkshire Terriers to German Shepherds, i.e. you're smallest to your largest of the canine family.

The Albion Eurasier will be at Crufts discover dogs on the 4 March (Utility day) if any one would like to meet one.


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