Two red Eurasiers

Listed below are our guiding principals for breeding and raising puppies, as well as the general care of our dogs. Choosing to breed dogs and bring puppies into the world is a big responsibility, and we feel we owe it to ourselves, our puppy buyers and, most importantly, the dogs to do it in an ethical way. In addition to our own principles, we have also agreed to the CKC Member Code of Ethics and to the Eurasier Club of Canada Member and Breeder Codes of Ethics.

Breeding Dogs

  1. All dogs used for breeding should be thoroughly health tested for the common illnesses and issues that can occur in the breed. Current health test results for our dogs are listed on each of their pages, and we will gladly provide copies as proof to approved puppy homes. Additionally, pedigree research should be utilized as much as possible to reduce the likelihood of health issues in the offspring.

  2. All dogs used for breeding should have exceptional temperaments. The Eurasier is a companion dog, and therefore, we strive to breed puppies that reflect this with easy going, confident and breed-typical personalities. Where possible, breeding dogs should have proven their stable temperaments prior to breeding. This typically includes conformation showing, training for and competing in performance events and temperament tests, as well as being well socialized and accompanying us in our daily lives.

  3. We strive to breed Eurasiers that look like Eurasiers, meaning they should possess breed-typical physical attributes based on the written breed standard. This also includes having correct, sound structure, which will allow the Eurasier to enjoy a healthy, active and pain-free life with their people. Breeding dogs should prove their correct breed type and sound structure through conformation showing, critical structural evaluation and evaluation by unbiased third parties when possible.

  4. Dogs should be paired together based on their complimentary pedigree, conformation, temperament and health, not out of convenience, proximity or finances. 

  5. Our dogs are not used solely for the purposes of breeding. It is important to us that our females have a chance to be dogs and enjoy activities other than raising puppies. Therefore, we only breed occasionally and limit the number of litters a female will have in her lifetime. Additionally, we do not allow our males to be overused as sires, in order to avoid "popular sire syndrome" and genetic bottlenecking.

Whelping and Puppy Raising

  1. Expectant mothers receive top prenatal care to ensure they are fit and healthy enough to whelp and care for a litter of puppies.

  2. Our puppies are whelped and raised in the home as members of the family. The Eurasier is a companion breed and they must grow up in this sort of environment to meet their full potential. Our dogs are never kept in kennels or in a separate building from our home.

  3. Our puppies receive age-appropriate stimulation, exposure and training in order to reach their full potential as ideal companions. Programs such as Puppy Culture and AviDog are used to ensure all the important milestones are met.

  4. Puppies should never be sold or otherwise removed from their mother or littermates prior to 8 weeks of age. Some research, as well as our own personal experience, indicates that additional time spent with the mother and littermates is beneficial. For this reason, we do not allow our puppies to leave until 9-10 weeks of age. A 10 week old Eurasier puppy should easily fit in a carrier bag under a standard airplane seat.

Dog Husbandry

  1. Our dogs are always be kept in a clean, healthy environment with plenty of opportunity for physical exercise and mental stimulation. They should also receive ample social interaction with their people.

  2. Our dogs receive regular grooming of their coat and nails, so that they are clean and free of mats, and so that their nails do not prevent normal, comfortable locomotion.

  3. Our dogs are fed the best possible diet to support their health and longevity. We feel that a natural, species appropriate raw diet is the best diet for our Eurasiers, and encourage our puppy buyers to feed the same if possible.

  4. Dogs should receive regular health checkups and medical attention when needed. Our dogs go to the vet at least once per year for wellness exams and bloodwork. We support working with a holistic or integrative veterinarian that incorporates conventional medicine with proven complimentary therapies.

  5. Dogs should not be over vaccinated. The harm that over vaccination can cause to our companions is well documented. Vaccination and protection from dangerous diseases is important, however overloading our companion's system with more vaccinations than are deemed necessary by scientific research can be equally damaging to their health. We conduct nomograph testing on our bitches prior to whelping to determine when her maternal antibodies will fade in the puppies, which means our puppies can be immunized with a single vaccine at the appropriate time, rather than the traditional puppy series of three or four shots. After this single vaccination, dogs and puppies should be titre tested, rather than re-immunized, to confirm immunity. Rabies vaccination should be delayed as long as possible, where allowed by law, so that the puppy's immune system is more mature. In addition, rabies vaccine should never be given at the same time as any other vaccine. Learn more about Nomograph Testing and Titre Testing from University of Wisconsin Veterinary School.

  6. Flea and tick medications should be used sparingly, or not at all, unless the dog lives in an area that is of extremely high risk. Our dogs have never had an issue with fleas and ticks and we do not use preventatives. 

  7. Our dogs are kept intact, barring medical issues, even if they are no longer having puppies. Current research shows that maintaining normal body hormones is in the best interest of the health of our dogs. We encourage our puppy buyers to do the same. If the owner cannot keep their pet intact, we encourage the use of sterilizing procedures that leave hormones intact (vasectomy for males, ovary sparing spay for females), unless compete desexing is for medically necessary reasons (pyometra, retained testicle, cancer or tumours, etc.). If choosing to spay or neuter, it should not be done before the age of 2 years, so that the dog has time to grow and mature normally.

Training and Socialization

  1. Our Eurasiers are trained using positive, reward based training methods. They are very intelligent and sensitive to their handlers, so harsh corrections should never be necessary. Acceptable gear includes regular buckle collars, martingale collars, or Y-front harnesses. Slip leads/slip collars may be used with adequate knowledge of proper use. You should never use a prong collar, e-collar, head halti, easy walk style harness or Flexi leash with your Eurasier.

  2. We continuously train our Eurasiers, from early puppyhood and throughout their lives. Training should be done in an age-appropriate manner and under the guidance of a knowledgable dog trainer.

  3. Our Eurasiers are well socialized once they are old enough to do so. This does not mean simply exposing the Eurasier to different things. The puppy must make positive associations with everyday things so they do not become fearful of neutral objects or people. We start this training with our puppies in the whelping box and encourage future owners to continue it as the puppy grows. Our dogs attend puppy class, conformation handling class, as well as basic and more advanced performance training classes as they progress. Dog shows and conformation handling class are an excellent way to socialize your puppy, even if you are not interested in showing.