We are asked this almost weekly so I thought I should just put “my” observations out there.
I love the picture here to the left. To me, it is a really good example of the differences in the breeds. You can see the difference in the coats and their size. The Keesie boy is 19” at the withers (the top of the Keeshond Standard for males) The Eurasier girl here is 21.5” (nearly the top of the Eurasier Standard for females.)
But to me, it’s their FACES that say exactly what these dogs are!
If you look at the Keeshond, his happy, easy, and eager demeanor says: “Let’s GO!” Up for everything and with most anyone, they are a fun, happy, ready to go type of dog, that have a wonderful air of joy and adventure to them. They are generally very trusting of people and get along really well with other pets. Super interested in being in the middle of everything, they especially love having kids around and lots of activities to be part of. Super smart and fast, they are really good at agility and obedience. Though they are smaller than the Eurasier, their coats are longer which makes them harder to groom. And yes, they do bark a lot – but that’s what they were bred to do!
If you look at the Eurasier, her reserved, STEADY, discerning stare says: “And WHO are you?” Watchful, and slower to warm up, the Eurasier is also awesome with people and other pets, they just take a moment before they deem you “OK.” They are indeed steady. Bigger and super aware of their surroundings, they can make you feel safer in sketchy areas (been there and I LOVE that about them!) They also seem to be a little bit more protective of their people. Though they don’t bark much, when they do it is a HUGE bark! Sounds like a Rottweiler! The Eurasier will also be in the middle of everything, love on the kids, and want to go everywhere with you. They love to go for walks, be at the center of the party, or just hang out on the porch and quietly monitor the world as it goes by. They are also as much of a snuggler as a Keeshond, they will take over your chairs and bed.
Though different breeds, they are both so closely wonderful in the BEST similarities. Smart, affectionate, agile, fun, willing to please, and so beautiful! I could never choose between them– I will always have BOTH!