Byelorussian Ovcharka, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, VEO
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 Shepherds' cousins.
The East European Shepherd is balanced, confident and intelligent. VEO is an attentive, active, self-assured dog that appears calm and quiet but constantly monitors situation and is ready to "turn on" on 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 a 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.
|Height||Male: 26-30 inches (66-76 cm)Female: 24-28 inches (61-72 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg)Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg)|
|Colors||Black Black & Tan Blue White|
|Good In Apartments||
East-European Shepherds will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They can easily live outdoors, even in cold climates.
|Good With Children||
Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them.
|Good With Dogs||
|Good With Cats||
The East-European Shepherd is a working breed and needs to be exercised properly.
Easy Training: The East-European Shepherd is known to listen to commands and obey its owner. Expect fewer repetitions when training this breed.
Moderate Maintenance: Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only if it is absolutely necessary, as bathing removes the waterproofing of the coat. This breed is a light constant shedder, but sheds heavily twice a year.
Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!