The Eurasian is a breed originating in Germany in 1960, developed as a companion dog. Some of the breed's distinguishing characteristics include its erect, triangular ears, curled or folded tail and dense double coat. Dogs of the breed are known for their confident and calm temperament.
The Eurasian breed has a medium size and a strong structure. The weight of males varies between 23 and 32 kilograms, while females weigh between 18 and 26 kilograms. The height ranges between 52 and 60 centimeters in males and between 48 and 56 centimeters in females. This breed has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years and belongs to Group 5 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups Spitz and primitive breeds.
Breed history in brief
The Eurasian is a relatively new breed, originating in Germany in the middle of the 20th century. The founder of the breed was Julius Wipfel, who crossed Chow Chows, Samoyeds and Wolf-type Spitz. The name of the breed is the combination of two continents, Europe and Asia, in reference to the origin of the breeds used in its creation. The Eurassic breed was recognized by the FCI in 1973, and is still an excellent companion animal, although it is not one of the most common breeds.
The Eurasian is a Spitz breed of dog, known for its balance and physical strength. Its head is wedge-shaped and has medium-sized dark eyes. The ears are erect, triangular with slightly rounded tips, and the tail is carried folded over the back or to one side, or curled.
The coat is double, with a dense undercoat and an outer coat of medium length. The coat is shorter on the muzzle, ears, face and front of the limbs, while it is longer on the tail and back of the limbs. Any coloration is accepted in this breed, with the exception of pure white or spotted, which does not meet the standard set by the FCI.
The temperament of the Eurasian is friendly and calm. This breed establishes strong bonds with its family and is relaxed in the presence of strangers. They are intelligent, easy to train and enjoy the process. They also have a watchful nature and need close and constant contact with their family, but firm training is also important.
Common health problems
Information on the most common diseases in the Eurasian breed is limited, but it is likely that it is predisposed to suffer from some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip or elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy or entropion.
In addition to the above conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends testing for Dandy Walker malformation syndrome.
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