Elo

39-77 lbs
18-24"
Germany
Eloschaboro

The Elo dog, originally known by the longer moniker of Eloschaboro, is an emerging breed from Germany that is being developed by Marita and Heinz Szobries which combines the Eurasier breed dog, Old English Sheepdog, and the Chow Chow in order to develop a canine with the right qualities to make an exceptional family dog. These friendly, medium-sized dogs are great with kids and eager to please, but they tend to be too active to thrive in smaller living spaces like apartments. This breed was developed with temperament and behavior in mind rather than appearance, so there is still quite a bit of physical variation from dog to dog. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1987
Ancestry
Eurasier, Old English Sheepdog, Chow Chow

Elo Health

Average Size
Male Elo size stats
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 39-77 lbs
Female Elo size stats
Height: 18-24 inches Weight: 39-77 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Elo Breed History

The Elo dog of Germany is referred to as an emerging breed, with the development of the breed starting in 1987 by breeders Marita and Heinz Szobries. The pair began their program in an effort to develop a dog specifically as a family pet, selecting and breeding their dogs for their demeanor and behavioral traits rather than for their physical appearance. A German spitz-type dog known as a Eurasier was mixed with Old English Sheepdogs, often referred to in the area as Bobtails, as the original basis for the breed, however, a scarcity of Eurasier dogs lead to the inclusion of Chow Chow dogs as well as a small amount of Samoyed and Dalmatian. According to a genetic study done in Germany, the Elo dogs are approximately 48% Eurasier, 23% Bobtail/Old English Sheepdog, and 10% Chow Chow, with just fractional amounts of the other breeds. This breed is still a very rare and very regulated breed that has been trademarked by the Elo Breeding and Research Association, an institution that was created for their development. Some breeders outside of Germany have attempted to recreate these dogs in an attempt to cash in on their rare breed status, but only dogs that have been bred with the explicit permission of the founders of the breed are actually considered Elo dogs. This is an important point to remember when acquiring your canine as the original breeders were very focused on the temperament and health of the breed while those seeking to cash in may be more focused on trying to make it look like an Elo breed dog, allowing a very different temperament to develop.  

Elo Breed Appearance

The Elo breed dog was developed with behavioral traits in mind rather than physical traits, so there is quite a bit of variation when it comes to their appearance. They typically stand around a foot and a half to two feet tall at the shoulder and are slightly longer than they are tall with a long, well-furred tail that curls up over their backs. They have a slightly foxy appearance, with furry triangular ears and a long tapered muzzle, although some muzzles are longer and more tapered than others. Their thick, double-layer coat can come in nearly any color including grey, red, brown, or black, usually with a white chest and belly, although the protective outer layer can be either flat-coated, also known as Glatthaar, with medium-length straight fur that is generally shorter on the face and legs, or wire-coated, also known as Rauhaar, with long, wavy fur all over their body. Both the flat-coated and the wire-coated variety have a fairly weather-proof outer layer that should not be washed too often as bathing that is too frequent often strips the coat of its natural oils. While the coat rarely needs bathing or trimming, these dogs do shed rather heavily, and brushing is generally a daily affair. It is important to brush through the entire coat thoroughly when grooming this breed in order to ensure that no tangles or mats develop in the undercoat. The shedding is even more pronounced during the change of seasons and may require brushing more than once a day to control. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Elo eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Elo nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Elo coat
White
brown Elo coat
Brown
red Elo coat
Red
gray Elo coat
Gray
black Elo coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Elo straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Elo Breed Maintenance

Both the flat-coated and the wire-coated variety have a fairly weather-proof outer layer that should not be washed too often as bathing that is too frequent often strips the coat of its natural oils. While the coat rarely needs bathing or trimming, these dogs do shed rather heavily, and brushing is generally a daily affair. It is important to brush through the entire coat thoroughly when grooming this breed in order to ensure that no tangles or mats develop in the undercoat. The shedding is even more pronounced during the change of seasons and may require brushing more than once a day to control. 

Brushes for Elo
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Elo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Elo Temperament

The Elo dog tends to have a playful but obedient nature. They are friendly, and cheerful with a great deal of affection for people of all ages, and while all interactions between small children and canines should be carefully supervised, this breed is generally very trustworthy, even with smaller children, although they do show some restraint with strangers or with unfamiliar dogs. While this breed is being developed as a family companion, some of the contributions are from working dogs and making this new breed very active, both physically and mentally. Elo dogs that do not get enough mental and physical exercise tend to get bored and may either get into mischief or develop anxious or destructive behaviors. They have a very low prey drive or hunting instinct, which makes them safer around other family pets as well. They are naturally eager to please and are usually easy to train, but they may have a tendency to roam, making your recall command particularly important their safety may depend on it.

Elo Activity Requirements

Elo breed dogs tend to be fairly active and should be offered at least forty-five minutes to an hour of vigorous activity each day, and they can generally handle quite a bit more than that. While they don’t have an intense prey drive, they are reported as having a tendency to roam. These dogs thrive when given regular exercise in the outdoors but should be supervised as they tend to dig and are also known to be escape artists. Their activity levels make these canines ill-suited to apartment living, and they are much happier in a larger home with a yard. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Elo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Elo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Elo size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Elo size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 40 lbs
12 Months
Male Elo size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Elo size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 52 lbs
18 Months
Male Elo size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Elo size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 58 lbs

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