East European Shepherd Dog Breed History and Origin
ATEast European shepherd dogs appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in the USSR in the army kennel "Red Star" (Moscow). Soviet dog breeders bred this breed for official purposes.
The German Shepherd became the prototype of the East European Shepherd, but soon a number of differences appeared between them, which increasingly alienated one breed from another. VEOs became large, massive dogs, suitable for patrolling and guard duty. And at present, the East European Shepherd is quite different from the German.
In the photo: East European Shepherd. Photo: pxhere.com
The breed standard East European Shepherd (VEO) appeared in 1976, however, it was not an independent breed, remaining a variety of German Shepherd (East European type).
In the 90s of the 20th century, the history of the East European Shepherd breed was marked by a crisis: the popularity of VEO declined sharply. They began to cross with German shepherds, but the puppies were still similar to VEO. However, crossbreeding with German shepherds has benefited the East European shepherd breed, as it helped to get rid of a number of shortcomings: high back, soft back, and improper limb structure. However, despite this, the breeders were still skeptical of the East European Shepherd. The breed was threatened with extinction.And only thanks to the few enthusiasts of the East European Shepherd dogs managed to save.
In 1991, Moscow created the "Association of VEO breeding nurseries." In 1999, they created a General pedigree book for breeding East European Shepherd Dogs (VEO). And in 2002, the Russian Cynological Service adopted the official standard of the breed East European Shepherd.
Dog handlers sought to ensure that the East European Shepherd Dog became a breed capable of performing a wide range of works: protective, guard, sentry, search, escort and patrol. Use these dogs as guides for the blind.