East-European Shepherd Standard
The organized and purposeful breeding of the East-European Shepherd began in 1924 when the first kennel for this breed «The Red Star» was organized. The standard for the dog was written in 1964 and it was approved by the Cynologic Council of the Ministry of Agriculture of the USSR.
This breed has other names such as the VEO, Belarusian Owtcharka, Belarusian Shepherd, East-European Owtcharka, Eastern European Shepherd, Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski.
The Second World War caused damage to the breeding of the East-European Shepherd, many dogs fell in battles. But in 1945 a lot of German Shepherds were brought from German as trophy dogs. East-European Shepherds were very popular and were used everywhere; as dogs of border forces, service dog of militia and was used as perfect guide dogs.
In 1990s the East-European Shepherd’s popularity decreased and the breed turned even out under the threat of disappearance. It happened when the free dog import became possible and many breeders started to use German sires for breeding. As a result the breed was virtually lost. Only thanks to the work of several kennels it survived.
The Club «Fauna» was the first club in Saint-Petersburg that was engaged in breeding of the East-European Shepherd. In 1993 in Moscow the Union of Fanciers of the VEO was formed that included many cynological organizations, which aim was breeding of the East-European Shepherd.
The East-European Shepherd was recognized by the Russian Kynological Federation (RKF), Continental Kennel Club and the International Kennel Union. Today this breed is primarily used as a highly reliable guardian. Thanks to its propensity to stay silent while guarding it’s a dog of choice for many families with excessively irritable neighbours. Moreover its calm and stable demeanour combined with exceptional trainability also makes it an agreeable family dog.
East-European Shepherds are very alert dogs that possess excellent guarding abilities and they guard furiously their masters and property. That is why these dogs are mistrustful with unfamiliar people. Moreover some specimens may demonstrate open hostility towards all strangers although this undesirable trait can be considerably smoothed away by proper socialization. The great advantage of this dog is that it performs its guarding and watching duties without unreasonable barking, which usually a matter of concern for majority of guarding breeds.
As the East-European Shepherd was bred to work together with other dogs, it usually treats them peacefully. In fact it will be totally happy to have a permanent canine companion with similarly vigorous temper. Well-socialized and trained, the East-European Shepherd gets on well with other pets, for example cats.
- canine hip dysplasia;
- elbow dysplasia;
- eye problems;
- spinal problems.
You must not bath your pet more often than two-three times a month as frequent bathing can affect negatively the state of its coat and skin. Other maintenance routines, which this dog needs, consist of monthly nail trimming, regular ear cleaning and weekly teeth brushing.
Be mindful though that however hard is to earn the respect of this dog it can be lost in a second especially if you try to insert harsh discipline in your training method. It is important to start the dog’s training and socialization when it is a puppy.
It is simply unjust to such a big and buoyant dog to keep it locked in a small city apartment so it fits much better to a rural environment. Without sufficient amount of physical activities the East-European Shepherd becomes very nervous, aggressive and display destructive behaviour.