Russian German Shepherd Dogs 2

Brains, beauty and Totally Hard-Core!

Russian German Shepherd Dog  – One of the most intelligent dogs in the world!

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The Russian German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world and probably the most intelligent of the Russian guard dogs (Caucasian dog, Central Asian dog, Russian Sheepdog, Russian Terrier, and Moscow dog), there is pretty much nothing that can be learned by any other breed that cannot be learned by an East-European Shepherd Dog.

Tougher than even the hardest-core German Shepherd Dog or the Belgian Malinois, the East European Shepherd Dog, bred almost exclusively as a working dog for the Soviet military and the KGB has very successfully performed, when asked to, tasks of extreme complexity.  They are also great hunting dogs and are more than capable of working as draught dogs. THEY ARE NOT HOWEVER, GREAT FAMILY PETS.

TRAINING:

The East-European Shepherd is regarded as being a highly trainable breed, though it will DEFINITELY NOT BE, FOR NOVICE OWNERS.  It is a very dominant breed, and it will ABSOLUTELY NOT OBEY ANY COMMANDS by someone it considers lower than itself in the packing order. Therefore owners MUST play the Alpha role at ALL times giving NO leeway and showing NO signs of weakness. (This does NOT mean being a bully!!!!)

OTHER PEOPLE:

The East-European Shepherd tends to be intensely suspicious of strangers and it will always remain very stand-offish and distrustful in their presence.  Whilst it will USUALLY not be openly aggressive with them, PROVIDED THE PROPER TRAINING AND APPROPRIATE SOCIALISATION IS IN PLACE, it should be understood that without it the Russian GSD can develop very acute and CRITICALLY DANGEROUS AGGRESSION ISSUES towards humans.

OTHER DOGS:Possessiveness-based aggression

On the other hand most East European Shepherds will get along perfectly well with other dogs but again, THEY MUST HAVE UNDERGONE APPROPRIATE TRAINING AND SOCIALISATION first – although bred to work alongside other dogs it is NOT beyond the realms of possibility that they will develop potentially very serious, aggression issues, towards other dogs. ALL FORMS OF K9 AGGRESSION ARE PREVALENT IN THIS BREED but most commonly seen are; Same-sex, dominance, territorial, and possessiveness-based aggression.

east-european-shepherd-2NON-K9 ANIMAL AGGRESSION:

The strength of their prey drive varies considerably between different EES’s and although some will attempt to attack virtually anything that moves, others will be perfectly amicable with other animals, for example, the family cat. But ultimately PROPER TRAINING AND SOCIALISATION IS VITAL to success.

 

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The Pros and Cons of Neutering

 

To Neuter or Not to Neuter!

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PROS

  • Prevents bitch having puppies and false pregnancies
  • Normally eliminates inconvenience of seasons and stops the bleeding and behavioural changes.
  • Early spaying (before 1st season) drastically reduces the chances of mammary tumours later in life.
  • Completely removes the risk of Pyometra (uterine infection and a serious threat to all ages which can be fatal.
  • Helps with hierarchy problems but must spay lower ranking bitch only.

CONS

  • Temperament changes are possible with some bitches becoming more docile.
  • Small risk of urinary incontinence in early spaying but this can be treated easily.Neutering
  • Spaying, though routine, is major surgery. It is very uncommon but occasionally a haemorrhage can occur. There is also a small risk of problems within the skin wound.
  • The older the bitch is at the time of spaying (this should be around 9+ months) the greater the risks involved.
  • Recovery can take several days and it can take several weeks for her to heal. A follow up visit 7-10 days after spaying is necessary to remove the stitches.
  • Possible weight gain but if diet is properly adjusted and after spaying and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.

CASTRATION

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NB CASTRATION IS NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS AND NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY.

PROS

  • Prevents the dog causing unwanted pregnancies
  • If done early prevents straying, leg lifting and territory marking
  • Prevents Testicular cancer (common cause of death in older dogs)
  • Reduces the risk of Prostrate cancer
  • Can cure hierarchy problems – between two males – so long as ONLY the LOWER ranking dog is neutered. This widens the gap between them and allows the higher ranking dog to take the top dog spot. NEVER neuter both – dogs are never equal.
  • Aggressive behaviour especially towards other dogs is usually reduced after castration.
  • Dominant/over amorous sexual behaviour is also normally much reduced. This results in less straying and helps to reduce traffic accidents.

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  • Neutering is not a cure for all problems. It can help but also it could make no difference whatsoever:

E.G. It is unlikely to make any difference to: Wild and unruly behaviour or dog to dog/people aggression. And never to: Destructive behaviour and separation anxiety.

  • As with spayed bitches, castrated dogs can also experience changes in temperament, some becoming much quieter/docile.
  • As with spaying there is a possibility of weight gain after castration, but if diet is properly adjusted and controlled and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.
  • Too late (around 12 months – peak of testosterone production) possible leading to a hormone driven “thug” dog for life.
  • Too young (around 7 months) risk dog will be thought of as female by other males due to not developing a proper masculine body and masculine behaviour. Vets do not usually castrate till around 9 months old.
  • Recovery usually takes 1-2 days with a follow up visit to remove stitches 7-10 days later.
NB Neither of these procedures are reversible! If there is any possibility of requirement to breed from a bitch at a later date or of having a dog at stud then neutering is not an option!