East-European Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about East-European Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginRussia flagRussia Belarus flagBelarus
Other Names
What other names does the East-European Shepherd have?
Vostochnoevropejskaya OvcharkaByelorussian Ovcharka
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

East-European Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the East-European Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the East-European Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a East-European Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the East-European Shepherd gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a East-European Shepherd?
Average: The East-European Shepherd is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

East-European Shepherd Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the East-European Shepherd weigh? East-European Shepherd weight:
Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the East-European Shepherd? East-European Shepherd average weight:
Male: 77–132 pounds (35–60 kg), Female: 66–110 pounds (30–50 kg)
Height
How tall is the East-European Shepherd? East-European Shepherd height:
Male: 26-30 inches (66-76 cm), Female: 24-28 inches (61-72 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? East-European Shepherd average height:
Male: 28 inches (71 cm), Female: 26 inches (66.5 cm)

East-European Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the East-European Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper East-European Shepherd's coat?
Blue TanWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the East-European Shepherd and how often?
Average: The East-European Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your East-European Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do East-European Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka?
East-European Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the East-European Shepherd need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my East-European Shepherd every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

East-European Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the East-European Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AggressiveLoyalProtectiveIntelligentPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the East-European Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are East-European Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
East-European Shepherds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: East-European Shepherds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? East-European Shepherd sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. East-European Shepherds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: East-European Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka need? East-European Shepherd social needs:
East-European Shepherds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do East-European Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka bark?
Average: The East-European Shepherd barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is East-European Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
East-European Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the East-European Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do East-European Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
East-European Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the East-European Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the East-European Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do East-European Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka? What are the odds of getting bitten by a East-European Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The East-European Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the East-European Shepherd has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

East-European Shepherd bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The East-European Shepherd, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the East-European Shepherd do?
East-European Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but East-European Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the East-European Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does East-European Shepherd roam?
East-European Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does East-European Shepherd have high prey drive?
East-European Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that East-European Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is East-European Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep East-European Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
East-European Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
East-European Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

East-European Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? East-European Shepherd temperament with other people:
East-European Shepherds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do East-European Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are East-European Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
East-European Shepherds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are East-European Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? East-European Shepherd temperament with children:
East-European Shepherds are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do East-European Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
East-European Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is East-European Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do East-European Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
East-European Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the East-European Shepherd is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is East-European Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
East-European Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are East-European Shepherds good office dogs? Do East-European Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can East-European Shepherds be office dogs?
No
East-European Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do East-European Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka temperament with senior people? Are East-European Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
East-European Shepherds are commonly okay with elderly people.

East-European Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do East-European Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
East-European Shepherds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the East-European Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the East-European Shepherd see the vet?
Frequent
The East-European Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do East-European Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a East-European Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the East-European Shepherd? How many years can the oldest East-European Shepherd live?
10-14 years
The average lifespan of East-European Shepherd: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the East-European Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
East-European Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the East-European Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the East-European Shepherd?
East-European Shepherds have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do East-European Shepherd dogs require per day?
East-European Shepherds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
East-European Shepherds sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the East-European Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
5 to 6 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? East-European Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average: The East-European Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the East-European Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The East-European Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The East-European Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the East-European Shepherd drool?
The East-European Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the East-European Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

East-European Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). East-European Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a East-European Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. East-European Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. East-European Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The East-European Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

East-European Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can East-European Shepherd be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. East-European Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where East-European Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

East-European Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female East-European Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the East-European Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-10 puppies

East-European Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is East-European Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is East-European Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

East-European Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Watchdog Ability: East-European Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: East-European Shepherds tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: East-European Shepherds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Good For First Time Owners: East-European Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: East-European Shepherds tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: East-European Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling Tendency: The East-European Shepherd drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Mouthiness: East-European Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: East-European Shepherds tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: East-European Shepherds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: East-European Shepherds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: East-European Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

East-European Shepherd History

The East-European Shepherd dog breed has a history that dates back nearly two hundred years. It was developed in the East European region and is now one of the most popular breeds in Eastern Europe. The East-European Shepherd Dog is an intelligent animal with a strong personality. They are social animals who enjoy having lots of human companionships. East-European Shepherds excel at herding livestock because they take their time to figure out what the herd wants before moving them along or stopping them from going where they don't want to go! East-European Shepherds are sometimes called East Europeans, East European Shepherds, East Euro Shepards, or East European Shepherd Dogs. East

-European Shepherds are athletic animals. East-European Shepherd Dog breeders recommend taking them on daily walks to burn off some of their energy, or providing other activities for them to do including agility training and obedience work. East European Shepherds have a strong herding instinct which can be difficult to live with if they aren't provided enough exercise. East-European Shepherds are a large breed, and males can weigh up to 110 pounds. East European Shepherd Dogs have a thick double coat that comes in many colors including black, white, tan, red, sable, and gray. East Europeans are generally healthy dogs but some can be prone to hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. East European Shepherds are a great choice for those who want a large, active dog that is also intelligent and easy to train. East-European Shepherds make wonderful family pets!

 

East-European Shepherd Dog Breeders:

If you are interested in adding an East-European Shepherd Dog to your family, be sure to find East-European Shepherd Dog breeders who can help you choose the right dog for your family and lifestyle. East-European Shepherds need experienced East European Shepherd Dog breeders! Many East-European Shepherd puppies are available each year, so it's important to do some research when looking for a breeder that will provide an East Euro or East European Shepherd pup that is the right fit for your family. East-European Shepherds are a great breed, but they aren't for everyone! Make sure you know what to expect before bringing home an East-European Shepherd Dog of your own!

East-European Shepherd Dogs are a large breed that is intelligent and easy to train. East Europeans require frequent exercise, but make for great family pets who enjoy human companionship! East European Shepherds should be purchased from East-European Shepherd Dog Breeders who can help you choose the right pup for your needs. They come in many colors including black, white, tan, red, sable, or gray; so don’t forget to consider color when researching East-European Shepherds. If you need more information on this topic before making an educated decision about whether an East Euro or East European Shepherd dog might be right for your lifestyle then take some time browsing our website which includes lots of helpful content.

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