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East European Shepherd
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Origin / History The East European Shepherd was developed in 1930. Breeds such as German Shepherds, molosses, local northern breeds, and other breeds were used for the development of this dog. East European Shepherds were created primarily for the purpose of working for the army to assist in various tasks. These dogs were bred to withstand the harsh climate of Russia.

In 1964, after more than two decades of selective breeding, the standard for the East European Shepherd was finally approved by the Cynologic Council of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. This breed is also the favorite of the KGB, which is the former Soviet Russian secret police agency. These dogs are also referred to as the Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski and Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka.

Appearance East European Shepherds are medium to large in size and have a comparatively long build. Male dogs are larger than females. These dogs have a wedge-shaped, massive head that is proportional to their body. They have a slightly rounded forehead with as pronounced stop. Their muzzle has the same length as their skull, and they have a well-developed lower jaw. The tight lips of these dogs are well-pigmented, and their large nose is black in colour. These dogs have large teeth that meet in a scissors bite. They have obliquely set eyes that are medium-sized, oval-shaped, and dark in colour. These dogs have pricked ears that are set high on their head. The back of these dogs is wide, long, and strong, and their loins are wide, well-muscled, and short. Their legs are strong, straight, and well-angulated. They have compact oval feet. The coat of these dogs is medium length, smooth, and dense. They also have a well-developed undercoat.

Colours The most common coat colours for this breed are brown and black. They may, however, have a coat that is gray and red, black and red, and sable.

Temperament East European Shepherds make excellent watchdogs because of their fearlessness and distrust of strangers. Dogs of this breed are very devoted to their family members. As guard dogs, East European Shepherds will do all they can to protect their family. These dogs get along well with children. It's also advisable for these dogs to be provided with a job to do because they tend to get bored when they aren't given any tasks.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed stand 26 to 30 inches, while females are 24 to 28 inches high. Their weight ranges from 73 to 113 pounds.

Common Health Problems Although East European Shepherds are considered healthy dogs, they may be susceptible to getting afflicted with hip dysplasia and skin allergies.

Living Conditions These dogs can be kept inside apartments provided that they are given adequate exercise. It would, however, be good for these dogs to have a yard where they can run around and play. East European Shepherds can also live outdoors because they can withstand cold climates.

Exercise Requirements East European Shepherds are working dogs that need much exercise. Owners should take these dogs out for long, brisk walks or jogs daily.

Training Requirements Due to their eagerness to please their master, these dogs are fairly easy to train. It's important for these dogs to undergo early obedience training. They should also be socialized properly at an early age so that they may grow up to be well-mannered dogs. If not socialized properly, East European Shepherds may become aggressive towards other canines.

Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed are expected to live for around 10 to 14 years.

Grooming Being heavy shedders, these dogs should be brushed daily and bathed once a week so that their coat will stay clean and healthy.

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