Apartment Living

Good for 1st Time Owners

Tolerance Levels

Affection for Family

Kid Friendliness

Stranger Friendliness

Ease of Grooming

General Health


Prey Drive

Exercise Needs

Energy Level


East European Shepherd developed somewhere in 1930-1950s. It is a cross between German shepherds and Russian dogs, like the central Asian Shepherd, Caucasian Shepherd.   It adopted the services in police and Army as a working, guard dog and sniffer dog in different climatic conditions. Contemporary East European Shepherd bears both the DNA of East Siberian Laika and some traces of German shepherd which was inherited by the Russian Army from a province of Germany during after World War II. It got its first recognition by the Cynological Council of the Ministry of Agriculture of the USSR in 1964.

Temperament & Personality

East European Shepherd is a balanced and confident dog who easily bonds firmly with its people, making an excellent family companion. It is an aggressive but generally remains calm indoors. They monitors all the situations fearlessly and also protects its family from intruders. It has a sharp bark that is sufficient to scare any unknown intruder. It remains near watchful strangers but only becomes aggressive when provoked. Early socialization helps them o go well with kids and other pets in the house. However, their interactions require supervision. They are not an ideal pet for an apartment living, they need a house with an adequately fenced yard.


East European Shepherd is an active breed and requires a heavy exercising schedule. They will like to go for running sessions and long walks. Owners can make them jog while riding a bicycle. Interactive games like fetching, Frisbee, hide and seek, the ball rolling, etc. are also appreciated. They also require a free play time in a fenced yard or in a park where they can move and play on their own. It is advisable to keep them unleash while playing. Apart from physical exercises they also require mental stimulation to keep them healthy. Hence offer them chews, puzzle toys or agility training is some of the options to keep them mentally fit.


Brush their coat twice or thrice weekly with a bristle brush. Bathe them occasionally with a vet prescribed shampoo. They shed seasonally, and during this time they will need regular brushing to clean the loose hairs from their coat.

Their ears can catch up infections due to water, dirt buildup and need regular checking to prevent infections and pain. Clean their ears with Vet prescribed ear solution. Clean their corner of the eyes with a damp cloth to remove tear stains.

They tend to grow nails faster than other breeds which can crack if not appropriately trimmed and hinder regular activities like walking, run, etc. However, cutting them twice a month will serve the purpose. Brush their teeth twice a week to avoid development tartar and oral problems.

Health Problems

It is a robust and healthy breed, it does not inherit any health problems from its parent. But random veterinarian checks are crucial to keep them healthy in their adult days.


VEO is easily trainable due to its loving and smart nature. However, short training sessions and positive reinforcements will allow the pet to learn tricks and commands quickly.

Socialize them by taking to different busy places like a supermarket, bus stops busy roads and Dogs Park, etc. It will allow them to meet unknown faces, different sounds and situations and make them more flexible. It is advisable to keep them on a leash while walking out.

Obedience training is crucial to reduce the pack of the leader issue and also to control their excess sniffing and guarding skills. Command training is essential to polish their skills, enhance the relationship between the dog and the owner and to minimize their excessive barking behavior. Commands like ‘no,’ ‘yes,’ ’stop,’ ‘come’ are some simple commands which are essential. Owners can train them at home or also seek professional help.


They do well on a high-quality food commercially manufactured or homemade. They like raw meaty bones, cooked fish, boiled meat, eggs, etc. But it is essential to visit a dietician or a vet before opting for the food. Diet should be made depending upon the dog’s size, age, and activity level. Divide the meal into two halves for better digestion.

East European Shepherd Facts

East European Shepherd


Breed Type:


Other Names:

Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, VEO

Height & Weight:

Males:77-132 inch Females:24-28 inch & Males:11-132 lbs Females:66-110 lbs


Sable grey, sable red, black, and tan, red and black

Competitive Registration / Qualification Information:



Heavy Shedding



Average Litter Size:

4-10 puppies


10-12 years


Dense, waterproof double coat, Short/medium length, well-developed undercoat




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