The Eurasier Breed Standard
In Canada, we breed and show dogs with respect to the Canadian Kennel Club Written Standard for Eurasiers. However it is also important to review and consider the FCI Written Standard, since it is maintained by the breed clubs in the country of origin and is modified more regularly. An illustrated breed standard can be provided upon request.
Size and Proportion
The Eurasier is a medium sized dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. This means that the outline of the dog should be rectangular, not square.
Dogs: 52 to 60 cm, with 56 cm being ideal
Bitches: 48 to 56 cm, with 52 cm being ideal
Dogs: 23 to 32 kg, with 26 kg being ideal
Bitches: 18 to 26 kg, with 22 kg being ideal
Weight should be in proportion to height. The balance of proportions is the most important aspect, however the goal should be to breed towards the ideals.
The length of skull and length of muzzle are almost equal. The head planes should be parallel, with only a slightly defined stop. The skull should be flat and not domed. The muzzle should taper towards the nose, without snippiness or weak underjaw. The Eurasier should have complete dentition with either scissors or level bite.
The ears are medium sized, set apart by the width of one ear, and the points between the ear tips and the centre of the stop should form an equilateral triangle.
The eyes are almond shaped, set slightly oblique, dark in colour and with black eyelids. They should not be large and protruding with eye whites showing, nor should they be very small or sunken in the face.
The nose is medium size with black pigmentation.
Angulation and Movement
The Eurasier should move effortlessly, with good reach in the front and drive from the rear. It should be balanced and converge towards single tracking with increased speed.
The front assembly should be moderately angled, with equal length of shoulder blade and upper arm. The elbow and front paws of the dog should be well under the body of the dog. The front pasterns slope slightly, with oval paws.
The rear assembly should be balanced with the front, with moderate bend of stifle and a defined hock joint. The upper and lower thigh should be of equal length, and the hock not too long. The hock joint should be stable, never buckling forward when standing or in motion. Oval paws.
The neck is medium length and balanced with the rest of the body. It should arch forward over the front of the dog, never straight up over the front legs. The transition to the back should be smooth.
The chest should be well developed, without being barrel shaped or too broad. The ribcage should be of good length and drop to the level of the point of elbow.
The Eurasier should have medium bone, with good substance. The depth of body and length of leg should be approximately equal.
The back should be straight and firm, with a slightly sloped croup, going into a tail that curls over, touching the back. It can be straight, curved or a ring.
The underline should have only a slight tuck up.
The coat should be of moderate length, but not so long as to obscure the outline of the dog. The guard hairs should lie loosely over the body, not standing off or out. The undercoat should be thick and plush. It is typical for the Eurasier to blow its coat seasonally or with hormonal changes in the bitch.
The coat should be slightly longer on the neck, but not enough to form a mane. Hair on the backs of the front and rear legs forms feathering. The hair on the tail is plush and long.
The Eurasier coat should never be trimmed or sculpted, and should be free of product. Only the long hair around and between the toes may be trimmed.
Hair on the head and front of legs is short and smooth.
The Eurasier comes in many coat colours, and all (except those that are disqualifications) are equally acceptable. The Eurasier should never be bred or selected based on coat colour. The pigmentation should always be black.
The Eurasier is the only breed currently confirmed to carry all four Agouti locus genes (sable, agouti, black and tan, and recessive black). The red pigment in the coat can also vary from very pale cream to very bright red. The Eurasier may have a black mask, which can vary in size, no mask, or a "reverse" mask, where the muzzle and chest area are much lighter than the rest of the body.
The official coat colours are: Cream, Cream Grey, Cream Red, Red Cream, Red, Light Wolf Grey, Wolf Grey, Dark Wolf Grey, Agouti, Dark Agouti, Black and Tan, Black and Cream, and Solid Black. Each colour can have varying degrees of shading, grey or black overlay, black mask, or reverse mask.
Liver pigmentation, white spots (typically on the paws, chest or chin) or patches (pinto coat pattern), and recessive white (will have white whiskers and typically poor pigment) are disqualifying colours.
Per the CKC standard, the faults listed below disqualify a Eurasier from conformation showing and from breeding. The updated FCI standard has some differences, which should be taken into consideration.
Nervousness, shyness, excessive suspiciousness or aggression
Ears which flap or pendulous (drop) ears
(Severe) Distichiasis, entropion, ectropion
Eyes set too deep or eyes too small
Single or more incisor or canine tooth missing, single or more premolar 3 or 4 missing, single or more molars 1 and 2 missing
Anomalies in bite
Strong lack of pigment
Lack of correct sex characteristics