The East European Shepherd is balanced, confident and intelligent. The Breed is an attentive, active, self-assured dog that appears calm and quiet but constantly monitors the situation and is ready to “turn on” on the owner’s command. The East European Shepherd has an active defensive reaction, distrusts strangers and can be aggressive when needed but under no circumstances, it should be inclined to unmotivated aggression.
VEOs excel as K9 and personal protection guard dogs or as companions. East European Shepherds are working dogs and need regular exercise. They were bred for their intelligence and they are curious and quick learners. Their ability to withstand extreme climates allows them to live outside, as well as inside, in a house or an apartment. They perform well as hunting dogs and can work as draught dogs in a group of the same.
Their backs are straight, strong, wide, and long. They are 10-17% longer than their height at withers. The loins are long and wide, well-muscled and slightly arched. Their croup is wide, long, and slightly sloping towards the tail. The tail is long, bears thick fir, erected in a form of a sword when the dog’s excited. The chest is moderately wide, while the belly is reasonably tucked up. The chests are scimitar in form, reaching the hocks or slightly longer in some cases. The legs are strong and straight; feet are oval and compact. The dog’s pace is of a trotter, rather than of a skid, sliding just above the ground so typical to other German Shepherd cousins.
The breed was created in 1930-1950s as a working dog adapted for service in the Army and police as guard dogs and sniffer dogs in various climatic conditions. It was the result of crossbreeding German Shepherds with Russian dog breeds, such as the Caucasian Shepherd, the Central Asian Shepherd.
Modern East-European Shepherd DNA bears both – traces of East Siberian Laika dogs and some lines of German Shepherds that had been inherited by the Russian Army from territory in Germany at the end of World War II. The first standard which has formed the breed type of East European Shepherd was approved in 1964 by the Cynological Council of the Ministry of Agriculture of the USSR.
Byelorussian Ovcharka, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, Восточно-европейская овчарка (ВЕО), VEO
Male: 26-30 inches (66-76 cm)
Female: 24-28 inches (61-72 cm)
Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg)
Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg)
Average $900 - $1200 USD