The Elo is not recognized by the FCI, but because of its nature it is still an interesting dog. Because of his individuality you should pay attention to some things. This applies primarily to the avoidance of incorrect care. You will also learn the essential characteristics of an Elos as well as the typical diet and the origin of the dog. You should also think about the right accessories.
Elos have a different appearance. In principle, smooth hairless and rough hairless are bred. However, the hairiness refers only to the face and the legs. If two Elos with smooth hair mate, the puppies have exclusively also smooth hair. In all other combinations, the offspring may have smooth hair or rough hair.
A smooth-haired Elo can be compared to a Eurasier, a rough-haired one to a Bobtail, but the Elo has standing ears. These are medium sized and very mobile. Ear infections are therefore less frequent. Their paws are small and round. The breed produces large Elos with a shoulder height of 46 to 60 cm and a weight of 22 to 35 kg, and small Elos with a shoulder height of 35 to 45 cm and a weight of 10-15 kg.
Due to their character, Elos radiate calmness and are very undemanding. They are difficult to irritate and have no hunting instinct. Therefore, they also move rather moderately, but are nevertheless self-confident and enjoy playing.
You can temporarily leave an Elo at home alone without a guilty conscience. He can adapt to a rural environment as well as to urban conditions. Puppies are rather reserved towards strangers. As a rule, the Elo stays close to the owner within a radius of 50-100 meters.
An Elo puppy has achieved housetraining after about ten days. Overall, the dog is very resilient and robust, and also hardly sensitive. He does not find it difficult to subordinate. Therefore, he is especially suitable for families with children. He greets familiar people appropriately without jumping at them in a pushy manner.
Elos have good instincts and indicate this through their facial expressions. Their social behavior always remains intact.
Due to the fact that the Elos are not widely distributed, there is a high risk of inbreeding. For example, inbreeding depression can occur. This means that the performance of the animals can be greatly reduced. In addition, hereditary diseases occur more frequently or distichiasis. The latter is an eye disease in which hairs grow towards the eyeball, so that the cornea can be damaged.
The right food
When feeding your elo, make sure you don't feed only muscle meat or offal. Instead, it's a good idea to vary the type of meat you feed your dog from day to day, for example, choosing corn meat one day and maw meat the next. Or you can combine the different types directly with each other and feed them to your dog.
Additional foods such as fruit or vegetables are unnecessary for an Elo. He can absorb all nutrients through the meat and offal. If you do serve him a piece of fruit, it must be free of seeds. Fish, cottage cheese, natural yogurt or low-fat curd cheese offer a varied alternative.
You should calculate about four to five percent of the dog's body weight per serving for puppies, and about two to three percent for adult dogs. At least 70 percent should consist of meat. It is best to feed your dog both in the morning and in the evening. You can get a fresh puppy used to solid food after about three weeks on beef tartare and eventually with ground beef.
When eating meat, it makes sense to leave the marginal fat on the food. You can supplement lean food with some lamb fat.
Completely abandon the animal must be peppers, onions, potatoes, eggplant, avocados, green tomatoes, raisins, grapes and chocolate.
You keep the Elo groomed by grooming and brushing it regularly. In spring and late fall, it is ideal to brush the dog daily. This especially prevents the unwanted formation of nodules in the dog's coat.
Avoid shearing the animal in the summer. Because hair damage or the loss of top coat could be the consequences. The cause lies in injuries caused by sunburn. The small blood vessels melt together due to the heat. Thus, they can not continue to supply the upper hair roots.
Even outside the summer, it is more likely to harm if you regularly trim the dog's hair. If the undercoat grows faster than the top coat, the latter cannot develop sufficiently.
Before the completion of the first year of life, it is better not to wash the Elo. Even when the dog is fully grown, you should largely avoid washing procedures. Only in case of absolute necessity you can wash him with a mild dog shampoo.
As far as training is concerned, it should be noted that an Elo can be subordinated according to learned rules. But if you miss the consistent training of certain laws, the dog itself will take the lead. The temperament of this animal is such that he can also forgive his owners if they have made a mistake.
The basic equipment includes a water bowl and a food bowl. For more comfort, you can get a couch cushion for your dog. A normal collar and a leash are enough to take your pet for a walk. Furthermore, a tick tester is recommended. If you want to transport your dog in the car more often, you should also think about a dog safety belt.
Origin & History
The Elo, which comes from Germany, has not existed as a dog breed for very long. In Dedelstorf, Lower Saxony, a couple bred Eurasiers and Bobtails. One of their goals was a family-friendly dog without hunting instincts that rarely barked. Therefore, they started their breeding in 1987 and first named the breed Eloschaboro.
Besides the Eurasier and the Bobtail, they used the Chow-Chow, the Samoyed, the German Spitz, the Japanese Spitz, the Dalmatian, the Kleinspitz, the Pekinese and the Mittelspitz. The decisive factors were health and temperament, not coat color.
The name Elo is due to the first letter of Eurasier, to the last of Bobtail and to the middle vowel in Chow-Chow. Because these dog breeds were the first to be crossed to obtain an Elo. The breeders Marita and Heinz Szobries immediately registered the trademark Elo, the rights of which they have in Switzerland and the EU.
Since 1993 the "Elo®- Zucht und Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V." exists in Braunschweig. From that time more than 13.000 Elos have been born. 130 breeders are distributed in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.