eurasier breed information

common health issues

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

Clinical signs of hypothyroidism are caused by a decrease in normal thyroid activity. In congenital hypothyroidism, puppies will have stunted growth and other abnormalities. A blood test confirms the disease and treatment with thyroid hormone supplements is lifelong.

Entropion describes the inward rolling of the eyelid, often causing the eyelashes to come into contact with the eyeball and cause irritation and often ulceration. Many affected dogs will require surgical correction and severe cases may require multiple surgeries.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

The Eurasier is a Spitz-type dog that originated in Germany in 1960, when the breed’s founder, Julius Wipfel, crossed a Chow-Chow and a Wolfspitz. The breed that resulted was initially called the Wolf-Chow. Twelve years later, when the Samoyed was added to the mix, the breed was renamed the Eurasier. The result of these combinations is an intelligent companion dog, well-suited to therapy work and an active family life.

The Eurasier ranges in weight from 40 to 70 lbs., with a thick, woolly undercoat, a soft, medium-length outer coat that can be various colors; and a full tail that curls up over his back. Despite his bushy appearance, his coat requires little maintenance. Like his Chow ancestors, he can sometimes sport a blue-black tongue, though pink and black-spotted are common too.

Above all, the Eurasier loves to be with his family, with whom he forms a very strong bond. His intelligence and intense desire to please make him easy to train, but positive reinforcement is best, as he is sensitive to harsh words and discipline. Generally, he is calm and quiet, though he can be reserved with strangers. He does equally well in a city apartment or a country house, provided he gets a daily walk and plenty of family time.

Despite his mixed origins, the Eurasier is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Eurasiers are prone to include joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation; eye conditions such as entropion; and thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Eurasier inherits anything more than a bushy coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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