Am I right for the Eurasier?
So you like what you’ve seen and read about Eurasiers and you’re thinking of getting one? Please take time to consider whether YOU are the right kind of owner to give a Eurasier a happy and fulfilling life.
Above all, Eurasiers need to be treated as true members of the family, sharing your home and your life. You’ll find that they are completely focused on their family, aware of where you are at any time, what you are doing and how you are feeling. Your Eurasier might be asleep in a corner of the living room while you read the newspaper; you move to another room and before you know it there’s a ‘plop’ at your feet and your Eurasier curls up there, perfectly contented. You need to allow this kind of close companionship if your Eurasier is to thrive.
Leaving Eurasiers in kennels or with strangers when you go away - even for a short time - is not a good option. Ideally, your Eurasier should come with you, like any other member of the family, but if that’s not possible then they certainly need to be with people they know and with whom they feel confident.
All dogs are happiest when they are part of a secure and well-functioning pack. As Eurasiers are particularly pack-oriented, it’s important that you show them their place (which should always be below the humans, including children) as soon as they join your pack, and that you teach them to respect the pack order and behave appropriately within it. You also need to behave like a capable and strong pack leader yourself! If you don’t, a dominant Eurasier might believe it is his place to take over the leadership of the pack - which he is not equipped to do and which will end up making both him and the rest of the pack unhappy.
Eurasiers need gentle but consistent training. Remember, when you get a puppy, that your adorable bundle of fur may not be so adorable when he’s doing something at 6 months old which was cute at 8 weeks! Raising your Eurasier correctly in his first 18 months will pave his way to being a balanced, happy and well-mannered member of the family.
Eurasiers are a robust and energetic breed. They need a considerable amount of exercise in order to develop well and be physically and mentally healthy. Ideally, you should aim to walk adult dogs for at least one and a half hours every day, and allow them to run freely in a safe place for a good amount of time too. Playing active games around the house and garden can contribute towards exercise and mental stimulation.
Regular grooming is another requirement to keep your Eurasier in top condition, but this needn’t be an arduous task. Most dogs will be fine with a thorough brushing once a week.