Eurasier Information - Head of the Breeding Board (1991-2011), Zuchtgemeinschaft f. Eurasier e.V. - in English
The Eurasier Idea - The History of the Dog Breed "Eurasier"
In the mid fifties, family Wipfel, in Weinheim, Germany, came up with the idea to breed their very own family dog, according to their wishes. After their experience with their beloved "Canadian" (an intelligent, but not so harmless watchdog), they were looking for something very specific that could not be found at that time. And so family Wipfel settled for a Wolfsspitz.
Julius Wipfel read a lot of canine literature and, of course, the articles and books written by Konrad Lorenz caught his attention. Julius Wipfel was fascinated by them because he found his own visions and ideas of an ideal dog descibed in them:
"It was not only by chance that I found the 'Lorenz-Literature'. The accidental mating between a Chow and German Shepherd caught my eye, the description of the wonderful character of that Chow-offspring fascinated me immediately".
Breeding the dog breed "Eurasiers" began in 1960, when Wolfsspitz females were mated with Chow-Chow males, according to Wipfel's breeding plan, with the aim to achieve a very special family dog.
Julius Wipfel prepared his breeding project well. Following the inspiration through Lorenz, Wipfel chose to mate Chow-Chows with Wolfsspitz, two very old and original breeds, with the aim that the best qualities of both should be found in the new breed, Wolf Chow.
Through his first Wolfsspitz litter under his kennel name "von der Bergstraße", Julius Wipfel got to know family Baldamus, who bought the Wolfsspitz female Asta von der Bergstraße.
Here the important cooperation between Julius Wipfel and Charlotte Baldamus (kennel name "vom Jaegerhof") began, which was decisive for the Eurasier breed. Both Wipfel and Baldamus were enthusiastic and fascinated by the idea of a new and very special dog breed.
With the same engagement with which Julius Wipfel followed his idea of a new dog breed, Charlotte Baldamus built up a line (vom Jaegerhof) for this new breed, step by step, with her well-founded knowledge and practical experience in animal breeding.
A quote from "Origins and History of Eurasiers", by Alfred Mueller, shows this best:
"Among the first matings, the B-litter "vom Jaegerhof" deserves to be highlighted, because - seen from today - it turned out to be the most important litter in the history of Eurasiers. The litter mates Brumbo and Berit vom Jaegerhof were the foundation parents of the Jaegerhof line, many Eurasier kennels were founded with their offspring. Yes, today one can rightfully state: You can hardly find a genuine Eurasier that would not have Jaegerhof blood."
These dogs were first called "Wolf-Chows", and the breed was later "completed" by crossing in the Sibirian Samoyed. 1973 this new dog breed was recognized by the German Kennel Club VDH and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale FCI as the Eurasier.
1973 Charlotte Baldamus split from Julius Wipfel. Together with like-minded people, she founded the Zuchtgemeinschaft fuer Eurasier e.V. (VDH/FCI). Charlotte Baldamus influenced the dog breed Eurasier tremendously. Her Jaegerhof Eurasiers and their valuable genes can still be found in todays population - in the grand-generations.
The Eurasier Idea
has always been inseparably linked with the good character of this new breed. After only ten years, Julius Wipfel wrote down the main characteristic features he aimed for, of which a large part had already been achieved (at that point the breed was still named Wolf-Chow).
a unique "resonance dog" (an "echo" of his owner) that fits easily into all family settings
open-minded, loves his whole family, and tolerates other pets kept in the family
is sensitive and aware, needs a close bond to his owner and family
is highly intelligent and does not tolerate drill, harsh training or kennelling
is a dog for the home, without an explicit hunting drive, is not a barker, despite his unique watchdog qualities
( according to Julius Wipfel, Eurasier - Entstehung, Entwicklung, Gegenwart, p. 104)
Along with the unique characteristic resonance dog, we still hold on to the noble reserve towards strangers in our Zuchtgemeinschaft fuer Eurasier, ZG. A Eurasier that built up a very special bond to his owner and his family, can not be "everybody's darling" at the same time.
A Eurasier puppy of today should still have the genetic setup that enables us to raise him as a well-balanced Eurasier showing this noble reserve, without giving us the impression of being afraid.
For those of you who want to raise their Eurasier as a very friendly dog, open to all people, you can. It is possible, I tried it myself. But the question should be allowed: Is the Eurasier then really the right dog breed for you?
Copyright 16 Oktober 2017 / Gisela Aachgratis-besucherzaehler