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East-European shepherd

Original Name: Vostotchno-Evropeyskaya Ovtcharka
Presentation
The East-European shepherd, or the Russian German Shepherd, is a very young dog breed that''s very popular in Eastern Europe. It came about in the 50s just after the war when this country was told that they needed to build up the number of guard and defense dogs as they were killed by hunger or the army.

At the root of this breed there is obviously the German Shepherd. In fact, the best dogs were imported from Germany by German Shepherd enthusiasts who started creating the "Russian" Shepherd. They managed to give back to the German Shepherd its rustic and primitive side, which is what the father of this noble breed, Max Emil Frederic Von Stephanitz, originally liked in them.

The East-European shepherd resembles the German Shepherd in appearance, but taller, more elegant and sturdier as their hindquarters reach up to the level of the back. What''s more, they don''t have the "rabbit" hindquarters like the German Shepherd, which makes this dog breed cleaner and nearly 100% free of health problems like hip dysplasia.

Anyone who owns a dog from this dog breed will be amazed by their stable and really shepherd-like character, which makes them trustworthy as well as happy and always keen to work or go on an adventure! The East-European is a family dog through and through, a great nanny and a super friend to children.

The breed standard was accepted in Russia in 1964. However, even today, the East-European shepherd is considered a branch of the German Shepherd family.
The East-European shepherd must be 26 - 30 inches tall for males, 24 - 28 inches for females with strong shoulders and full muscles. This breed is made for work and so everything is important: its beauty and character as it must be calm, attentive and active. This dog is on permanent alert in order to follow an order without a second''s hesitation. They should never be hyperactive, nervous or aggressive, but rather defensive and reserved toward strangers.

Its coat is light, going from pale gray to deep beige with black marks on the back and a black mask that could be small (around the lips and eyes only) for the light colored dogs or very large for the darker dogs. The entirely black dog is as popular as the gray or sable one with light black marks on the back and head. White marks are not accepted.

To summarize, the East-European shepherd is a breed with high working abilities and an unparalleled loyalty. For this reason, they are used a lot by private companies, the police or even customs. This dog breed appears often in Russian movies and TV series.