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.
|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|
|Weight||Females: 66-110 lb
Males: 77-132 lb
|Height||Females: 24-28 in
Males: 26-30 in
|Temperament||Loyal, protective, playful, intelligent|
|Good with Children||Requires supervision|
|Country Originated in||Russia, Belarus|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||RKF, DRA, CKC|
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.
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.
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.