(Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski, VEO, Vostochnoevropejskaya ovcharka) The East-European Shepherd is a medium- to large-sized dog with a comparatively long build and strong, well-developed muscles. They have sturdy bone structure, a strong, wide back, and a moderately broad chest. Their short loin is wide, arched, and defined, and their underside is properly tucked up. Their wedge-shaped head is massive in size and their forehead is slightly sloped. They have a pronounced, gradual stop and a muzzle that is equal in length to the skull. Their lower jaw is strong and their well-developed teeth close in a scissors bite. They have large, black noses and medium, oval-shaped eyes that are dark in color. Their medium-sized ears are pricked and set high on the head and their tail is sword-shaped and reaches at leas to the hocks. They have oval, compact feet. The coat of the East-European Shepherd is of medium length and features a well-developed under coat. Coat colors for this breed include saddled (gray or fawn background with a facial mask), black, and agouti (gray and red). There are distinct physical differences between males and females of this breed.
The East-European Shepherd is devoted to his family and people. They are balanced breed with a confident demeanor, and they are generally leery of strangers. They make outstanding guard dogs, and they will protect their territory at all costs. Because they are a working breed by nature, they are happiest with a job to perform.
The East-European Shepherd is a working duty dog. For this reason education and training is a priority for its master. The breed is successfully trainable according to the European training systems like BH and IPO. There is a possibility to demonstrate the excellence of one's dog in numerous local and international exhibitions.
There are no reported health concerns or issues for the East-European Shepherd.
The East-European Shepherd was created in 1930. This highly adaptable breed was developed for the purpose of working in the Army. In order to produce the East-European Shepherd, German Shepherds were crossed with local northern breeds and molossers, along with some other breeds. In 1964, the first standard for this breed was approved by the Cynologic Council of the Ministry of Agriculture of the USSR.
The East European Shepherd breed was developed from the German Shepherds bought to Russia at the beginning of the century. Starting from 1904 the breed was used as a police and nursing dog. By 1941 in the USSR already existed several types of the German Shepherd. After the war the breed was subject to careful and systematic work. The whole family lines were restored and new breed families were created. Breeding was characterized by absolute lack of contacts with foreign specialists. In Russia, the breed was given the formal name of East-European Shepherd. As a result of intensive and extended work a new type of the German Shepherd was developed. This type was characterized by being larger, harmoniously built, strong, dry and well-defined muscles, sturdy bone structure and well-balanced character with a confident demeanor. The German and East-European Shepherds have common origin, yet feature different exterior and behavioral traits. The East-European Shepherd is rather silent while on duty, which makes this breed perfect as a guard or watch dog. Modern pedigree East-European Shepherd has never become yet another fashionable, decorating breed due to the fact that breeders strongly appreciate this dog for its unique working qualities. Numerous professional dog trainers and dog-breeders prefer the East-European Shepherd breed for its reliability, loyalty and intelligence. Being perfect jumpers, the shepherd dogs are fond of barriers and obstacles. The training exercise is probably the most entertaining task for them. Thus during the training this breed demonstrates a keen interest, is far from being stubborn, trying to execute all the commands to please the master.
Long haired variations of this breed may need to be brushed at least once a week.
The East-European Shepherd is content to live in a small household or apartment if it is given sufficient daily exercise. This breed can easily adjust to a wide variety of climates including extremely cold weather. Because they are a working breed, they need plenty of physical activity on a frequent basis.
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