Trying to decide between the Eurasier and the Shetland Sheepdog? Both of these dogs can be similar in some ways but are quite different in many others. Read on and find out which of these popular breeds is the perfect pup for your lifestyle!
Before getting a puppy, you should be sure that the breed you're doing to buy or rescue is a good fit for your lifestyle and home.
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While Eurasier is a member of the Companion Group, Shetland Sheepdog belongs to the group of Herding Dogs.
Despite these breeds aren't members of the same breed groups, they have some similarities and not only differences so keep reading to learn more.
Eurasier vs Shetland Sheepdog Size Comparison
Eurasiers are larger, with a typical height of 20 to 24 inches and weight of 40 to 71 lbs, while the typical height of Shetland Sheepdog is 13 to 16 inches and they usually weigh starts at 20 pounds.
We know that these numbers might be too abstract, so we made a tool to help you visualize these numbers.
The following chart compares the average breeds height with the average height of an American man and woman.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, the average height of a man is 69 inches, and the height of a woman is 63.5 inches.
Dog size comparison to a human. From left, average heights of Eurasier, Shetland Sheepdog, American female, and American male.
Eurasier vs Shetland Sheepdog lifespan
No doubt, the quality of care provided to the dog is one of the main factors when it comes to canines life longevity, however, there are also other factors, especially the dog's breed.
With a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, Shetland Sheepdogs usually live longer than Eurasiers.
Eurasiers' lifespan is 12 to 14 years.
Read on to the following sections to better understand in detail how Eurasier and Shetland Sheepdog compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one is better for you.
When we say "dog adaptability", most people think about apartment living adaptability, so let's start with that.
All dogs are great — but not all dogs are great for or geared toward apartment living. A dog may be considered the worst dog breed for apartments for a few reasons including size, energy level, noise, smell, shedding...
Eurasiers have a better reputation as good apartment living dogs than Shetland Sheepdogs.
While most dogs can be left home alone for 6 to 8 hours, some will do better. Check the table below to see how Eurasiers and Shetland Sheepdogs tolerate being left alone.
Depending on where you live, you should choose a dog that tolerates hot or cold weather well.
Speaking of Eurasier and Shetland Sheepdog, these breeds tolerate hot weather well, but you still need to be cautious when it's hot.
During warm weather, be sure to provide shade and water and head out in the morning or late evening when it's cooler. Also, avoid pavements - if the ground is too hot to touch for your hand for a few seconds, it's too hot for paws.
Cold temperatures are not a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45° F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32° F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being.
Once temperatures drop under 20° F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
Luckily, both breeds tolarate cold weather well, so while you stick to the rules mentioned above, they should be fine and probably enjoy the cold weather.
Dog guarding behavior is welcome for some owners, while others prefer a dog that's friendly towards strangers.
Speaking of friendliness toward strangers, Eurasiers and Shetland Sheepdogs are the complete opposite.
While Shetland Sheepdogs are super friendly toward strangers, Eurasiers are naturally suspicious toward strangers, so you can expect they will act protective.
Affectionate With Family
Friendly Toward Strangers
Health And Grooming Needs
The best way to optimize your pup’s health is to research reputable breeders, and then when you meet them ask to see the parents and their health certificates as described above and to see the conditions in which all the dogs are living.
Check the table below to see the general health rating for these two canines, and read full breed profile articles to read in-depth information on their health.
Also, some breeds are prone to obesity, which could cause other health conditions. Be sure to check that information as well, if the breed is prone to obesity, keep a close eye on labels and feed your dog according to the food labels.
For example, hip dysplasia is hereditary and is especially common in larger dogs. Factors such as excessive growth rate, types of exercise, and improper weight and nutrition can magnify this genetic predisposition.
What about shedding?
One of the bad parts of having a dog is definitely shedding. So be sure to take this into your consideration when choosing the right breed for you. Click here to learn how to minimize the shedding.
OK, let's make this clear - Eurasier and Shetland Sheepdog are heavy shedders! Preventing shedding is impossible, but regular brushing is necessary. These breeds are almost always on the list of dogs that shed the worst.
Hate drooling? Well, then you should probably skip Eurasier and choose Shetland Sheepdog instead.
Health And Grooming Needs
Amount Of Shedding
Easy To Groom
Potential For Weight Gain
Eurasier vs Shetland Sheepdog trainability
Each dog needs some kind of obedience training, but some of them are easier to train, while others are more stubborn.
These breeds are relatively easy to train and they aren't very stubborn, but you have to be patient. persistence, and consistency play a huge role in successfully training your dog.
Easy To Train
Potential For Mouthiness
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
Do Eurasier and Shetland Sheepdog need a lot of physical activity?
To keep your dog healthy, calm, and happy, you have to provide it with enough physical activities. Not only your dog will be healthier and happier when it's active, but you'll also reduce or completely eliminate destructive behavior.
Some people don't think about this when selecting a breed, so we have dedicated a whole chapter to physical needs.
Eurasiers have a medium level of exercise needs, while Shetland Sheepdogs require a high intensity of exercise.
Potential For Playfulness
Eurasier or Shetland Sheepdog: The bottom line
In this article, we tried to give you an idea of what you can expect from Eurasiers and Shetland Sheepdogs.
To further explore their personality, overall health, temperament, and much more, read their full breed profile.
Or, use the tool below to read the next comparison.
Note: Barking Royalty isn’t a veterinary provider. Always relay any questions you have regarding your pet’s medical condition to your veterinarian, local animal hospital or other qualified veterinary provider.