Today's Eurasier possesses a unique character that appeals to many people, but it is not the breed for everyone.
If you want a dog that will automatically love everyone he meets, then a Eurasier is not for you. If you want a dog who will be content to spend a lot of time alone in the backyard or at home all day while the whole family is away, a Eurasier is not for you. If you do not mind that your dog may display a certain level of reserve with strangers, and if you want a loving, intelligent, loyal companion dog who will be an integral part of your family, then the Eurasier may be the breed for you.
Even-tempered and good-natured, Eurasiers are a joy to live with. They are highly devoted family dogs who require and thrive on very close contact with their family. They do not demand constant interaction, but they do desire to be in close proximity to the daily activities of their family. Eurasiers must live in the household (not in the backyard or kennel) in order to fully develop and nurture the most desired character traits inherent in the breed.
Eurasiers are diligent watchdogs who will only bark or growl when they feel it is warranted. They are not aggressive or easily provoked, and should never be used as guard dogs. With proper socialization Eurasiers are generally very tolerant of children, dogs and other animals. While some individual Eurasiers will display varying degrees of interest in chasing critters in the wilderness or backyard, most do not have a pronounced hunting instinct.
Eurasiers are not a working breed. Their sole purpose is to be wonderful family pets. Daily walks including off leash activities will meet the exercise requirements for most Eurasiers. Some Eurasiers enjoy participating in companion events such as agility and obedience where the bond between dog and human is nurtured. Training methods using positive reinforcement and calm, confident leadership increases the dogs' self-confidence, exercises their body and mind, and further strengthens their bond with their human.
Although Eurasiers are closely bonded and loving with their family, most are inclined to remain reserved or somewhat aloof toward people unfamiliar to them. Most Eurasiers will not immediately trust new people, and may not allow these unfamiliar people to touch them right away. Eurasiers are very thoughtful and perceptive and will take their time assessing each new person they encounter before deciding to which degree they will interact with the person. They tend to maintain a certain level of reserve until they have gotten to know, like and trust people outside of their family unit. This reserved nature is expressed to varying degrees among individual Eurasiers. Some Eurasiers are quick to enjoy making a new friend, while others take longer to warm up to a new person, and still others will have a tendency to remain reserved with most non-family members. Eurasiers are not fearful or aggressive, just cautious and discerning.
Most Eurasiers are very curious to approach and investigate new people on their own terms and at their own pace. Eurasiers are very happy, easygoing dogs who are discriminately affectionate. When a Eurasier has deemed someone a friend, they will endear themselves to that person forever with their irresistible "Eurasier Charm".
Excerpted and modified from NAEC October 2005 Newsletter,
Courtesy of the North American Eurasier Committee.