Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

East European Shepherd


Jags Goldie
Last updated: 27th October 2022

The East European Shepherd is a large-sized cross between German Shepherds and Russian breeds including the Central Asian Shepherd Dog and the Caucasian Shepherd Dog. Bred for use as a police and military dog, the East European Shepherd is also used for therapy as well as a guide for the blind. It comes with a wolf-like head, a long neck, medium-sized, pricked ears, oval eyes, moderately wide chest, strong, straight legs, and a thick, curved tail.

East European Shepherd Pictures

Quick Information

Other Names VEO, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski
Coat Short/medium length, dense, waterproof double coat, well-developed undercoat
Color Black and tan, black and red, sable gray, sable red
Breed Type Crossbreed
Category Working Dog
Lifespan 10-12 years
Weight Females: 66-110 lb
Males: 77-132 lb
Size Large
Height Females: 24-28 in
Males: 26-30 in
Shedding Seasonally heavy
Temperament Loyal, protective, playful, intelligent
Hypoallergenic No
Good with Children Requires supervision
Barking Occasional
Country Originated in Russia, Belarus
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information RKF, DRA, CKC

Video: Training an East European Shepherd Dog


Since the Soviet military and the police wanted a versatile, hardy dog for guarding and sniffing work in harsh weather, the East European Shepherd developed during the 1930s. In 1964, the Cynological Council of the USSR government’s Ministry of Agriculture approved the first breed standards.

The VEOs today are the descendants of East Siberian Laikas and some German Shepherds, which were brought from Germany by the Russian military after the Second World War.

Temperament and Behavior

The East European Shepherd is a confident and balanced dog bonding closely to its people, excelling as a loyal family companion.

Although it remains calm indoors, it constantly monitors situations and fearlessly protects its family members from any aggressor that intrudes its territory. It is usually cautious around strangers but will not be aggressive unless provoked.

It can learn to get along with kids and other pets in the household with early socialization.



Being a working breed, the VEO needs regular activity including jogs, long, brisk walks, as well as lots of romps and play in the yard. Let it run beside you when riding a bicycle or take it into an open area if possible such as the countryside so that it can run freely.


Its coat can be easily maintained by brushing on a regular basis using a firm bristle brush and an occasional bathing with a veterinarian-recommended dog shampoo.

Health Problems

It is a healthy, robust breed, and unlike its German Shepherd parent, it is immune to genetic disorders such as elbow and hip dysplasia.


Because of its smart and devoted nature, the East European Shepherd is easy to train, though make sure to keep training sessions short.

Take your East European Shepherd out and walk around in a public place so that it gets used to various sights, sounds, and experiences around it. Keep your VEO on a short leash, and allow it to meet new friends by taking different routes. Introduce it to a variety of people, as well as other pets.

Train your VEO comprehensively in basic obedience because the need to control becomes essential especially if you want to improve its guarding and sniffing skills. You should teach your VEO to respond to “sit,” ”come,” ”stay,” ”down,” ”leave it,” and “quiet” commands. You may also enroll it in a professional training program so that it can learn to be obedient in a fun environment.


A diet rich in protein may be given to your East European Shepherd. While you can offer a quality commercial dry food, you may also add some cooked fish, raw meaty bones, eggs, or boiled meat into its daily feeding routine.

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