In 1960, Julius Wipfel, the founder of the Eurasier breed who lived in Weinheim an der Bergstrasse in Germany, searched to find a successor to his big, black Spitz-type dog which was very intelligent, independent, and wolf-like in his behavior. He decided to adopt a female Wolfspitz named Bella.
Although life with this Wolfspitz female was by far easier than that with his independent black dog, Wipfel nevertheless missed the "primitivity" of his first dog. He wished for a dog that would show the adaptability and the social behavior of dog's ancestor, the wolf, a dog that would be a wonderful family dog - and he decided to create a breed with that goal in mind.
The Wolf-Chow was of a suitable size, not too small, not too large, so that he could live in an apartment as well as in a big house with a yard. His coat needed no special care. He was, from an "environmental/social" standpoint, well-developed, which meant he was not a barker, and he would not bark at every cyclist or person that passed by the fence.
By crossing in another breed, the new breed was supposed to become more unique and would differ more from the Wolfspitz and the Chow. So the male Samoyed, Cito von Pol, was bought, raised, and used for breeding in 1972. Indeed, the effects that had been hoped for were achieved. The general appearance improved, and the vigor of the breed was restored. The friendly nature of the Samoyed had a positive effect on the social behaviour of the animals
In addition to the animal behavioral scientists, Konrad Lorenz and Eberhard Trumler, Eric Zimen also praised this new breed in his book "Der Hund" (The Dog) as an "ideal family dog of medium size, independent but still devoted and domestic, vigilant without being aggressive and without any hunting passion". In October of 1974 the standard was re-written.
The "Verband fuer das Deutsche Hundewesen" (The German Kennel Club, known as the "VDH") and the "Fédération Cynologique Internationale" ("FCI") officially acknowledged the breed in 1973, but the breed name Wolf-Chow had to be changed.
The VDH did not allow existing breed names as part of a new breed name. Even the German Spitz Club protested strongly against the name Wolf-Chow. And so Julius Wipfel chose the name "EURASIER", because it emphasises that this dog originates from European and Asian breeds.
Based on an FCI decision to re-write all standards to include modern terminology, in 1992 the three German Eurasier Clubs composed a new version of the standard which was then published in 1994. A translation was published by the FCI in 1999.
It is important to emphasize that the Eurasier is represented by three main clubs in its country of origin. All of the clubs have very strict breeding rules and do not allow breeding for commercial purposes. The breeding is controlled and health testing is mandatory for all dogs that receive breeding permission.
Today the Eurasier breed exists in many different countries, mainly in Europe. It is successfully represented by the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding ("IFEZ"), a federation that watches closely over the Eurasiers' health and controlled breeding. Currently, there are about 6000 Eurasiers in Europe and about 450 in North America, with more than 150 in the United States.