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The USEC Breeding Committee is a group of seasoned USEC Member volunteers who review planned breeding proposals. They assess available health and pedigree database information, and compile a well researched recommendation to the United States Eurasier Club Board of Directors.

Their mission is to encourage and promote quality breeding of purebred Eurasiers in the United States.  Preserving the breed in accordance with the original FCI standard, and protecting the welfare of the Eurasier, follows the spirit and intentions of its country of origin, Germany.

The Breeding Committee utilizes a variety of resources during the review of a pairing.  This can include the IFEZ Database, the USEC Database, collaboration with International Eurasier Clubs, and in some instances, medical professionals.

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Breeding Basics

The United States Eurasier Club holds itself to a standard which is described best, and most simply as, The Eurasier Way. This philosphy was first described by breed founder, Julius Wipfel:

“The Eurasier story and history is different to all other dog breed” – these were Julius Wipfel’s own words – and they still are meeting the actual situation: His basic idea was not just breeding dog for the mere breeding process rather than to establish a breeding complex. His philosophy contained mandatory details as:

  • family based breeding without any commercial interest

  • breeding only under the condition to have suitable puppies’ owners on hand

  • the Eurasier as a full member within a family house

  • available mediating organisation at all times for “Eurasier In Distress”

  • careful selection of breeding mates regarding its health, character and appearance. 

- Wipfel, “The Eurasier”

It is with these lofty ambitions in mind that the Breeding Committee reviews each and every pairing prior to the breeding taking place. The committee reviews the health of the individual dogs. This is not a simple assessment of an individual dog's health at a moment of time, but instead is a confirmation that the dogs have not only secured favorable results to their health assessments, but also that their pedigrees compliment one another. As with all things, the honest and open sharing of information regarding the health, conformation and temperament of breeding dogs-- shared recipricolly between member breeders and the breeding committee-- assures that our breed continues to succeed and thrive.

Breeding Committee Processes

Health Testing

A minimum of 30 Days
Prior to Breeding

Review & Pairing Report

Vote & Badge Awards

Health Testing is not a simple one-time vet visit. The US Eurasier Club requires that each breeding dog complete a series of health tests prior to being bred. 

  • Orthopedic assessments of their hips (OFA or PennHip), patella, and optionally elbows.

  • Dental assessment to assure complete dentition.

  • Initial Veterinary Ophthalmologist exam.

  • Annual full panel Thyroid exam (bloodwork).

  • DNA test (or known clear through parentage) to determine if they carry the Dandy Walker-Like Malformation (DWLM) gene.

  • Brucellosis 

Further details on health testing is defined in our Policies.

The Breeder submits an "intent to breed" or pairing plan. The breeder may have a particular stud dog in mind, or perhaps they are inquiring with the Breeding Committee for additional suggestions.  Whatever the case, the Committee must be granted the time to compile data  before the bitch comes into season.

The Breeding Committee reviews the pairing. The individual dogs are assessed based on photographs and their pedigrees are compared for known health issues in their lines. No individual Eurasier is without relatives who have or had a health condition.  Thus, the careful review of pedigrees within our own Database as well as one shared amongst the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding (IFEZ) assists in mitigating issues wherever possible. Once the report is complete, it is delivered to the breeder and the Board of Directors with the Committee's suggestions.

Finally, providing the Breeder is satisfied with the suggested pairing and health/pedigree information, the Pairing Report is sent off to the Board of Directors for a vote. The Directors will approve a pairing that meets all aforementioned criteria and awards the Breeder with a Badge which denotes that it is a USEC Approved Pairing.

Litter Badges

The USEC is implementing a badge award for approved pairings. These awards will be displayed near the litter information in the USEC Quarterly Newsletter, on the USEC Website in the Breeder's page and mentioned in other forms of communication. Each breeding that is in accordance with the USEC Breeding policy and recommended by the breeding committee will be awarded a badge. Pairings that are not in compliance with the USEC Breeding Policy and/or not recommended by the Breeding Committee will not receive a badge.


Gold Badge

USEC Breeding Policy was followed to the highest standard

  • Notification of planned breeding was provided no less than 30 days in advance of breeding

  • All health tests were submitted prior to breeding and in accordance with USEC policy

  • Breeding was recommended by the committee

  • USEC Breeder Member in good standing


Silver Badge

USEC Breeding Policy was followed to the highest standard

  • Notification of planned breeding was provided before the breeding

  • Health tests were completed before the breeding. Missing updates to health tests (eyes) are provided as soon as possible. Satisfactory preliminary results (hips, patella) were considered with permanent results to follow asap.

  • Breeding was recommended by the committee

  • USEC Breeder Member in good standing

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