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Russian German Shepherd Dogs

One-Man Guard Dogs Who Will Defend You To The Bitter End!


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Combining the temperament of the German Shepherd Dog and Laika dog breed types, the Russian GSDs form an intensely close, loyal and devoted bond with their owners, rendering them nearly impossible to re-home. They are TOTALLY SINGLE-PERSON DOGS, even if they have been brought up in a family home, attaching to one person only TO THE EXCLUSION OF ALL OTHERS, and making ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS whatsoever for ANY other family member. It is not at all unusual for it to COMPLETELY IGNORE any commands given by anyone who is not its alpha owner, creating difficulties in a family situation.

If they do show any sign of friendliness towards new people in the lives of their alpha owner eg marriage partner, it can take an exceptionally long time and it is NOT IN ANY WAY GUARANTEED, no matter how many years they have shared living with that person that this will happen.


This Russian GSD DOES NOT EASILY BECOME ATTACHED TO CHILDREN – unless the child is its alpha owner, and is OFTEN VERY INTOLERANT of them. Unlike most dogs if it does play with children it will be just as rough as it would be with adults. It will also WASTE NO TIME ABOUT SNAPPING AT THEM IF IT FEELS THEY ARE PUSHING ITS LIMITS TOO FAR such as if they play too roughly for the Russian GSD’s liking – a point of particular and serious concern to parents.



As with the German Shepherd Dog the East-European Shepherd is bred to have pretty much ENDLESS SUPPLIES OF ENERGY and it can happily work for many hours without any need for a break. WITHOUT WORK eg herding, competitive obedience, or agility it will quickly become deeply unhappy and develop behaviour problems. Ideally it will be given SEVERAL HOURS DAILY of mentally stimulating pursuits and dynamic physical exercise. These dogs are TOTALLY UNSUITABLE for apartment life and need to be in a home which can offer VERY substantial, expansive gardens.


Black (Traditional colouring)East European Shepherd DogThe East-European Shepherd has a broader gene pool than the majority of other purebred dogs, and with its status as almost exclusively a working dog when compared to other modern pure-bred dogs, is typically considered to be very healthy.

Whilst it DOES experience genetically inherited health issues, just like any other dog they tend to be FEWER AND FARTHER BETWEEN its equals of other breeds.


Bred to withstand the extreme climates of Russia and surrounding areas the Russian German Shepherd Dog can live just as happily outside as inside. Indeed OUTSIDE may prove preferable for more house-proud owners! IT SHEDS HAIR ALL THE YEAR ROUND, very effectively smothering carpets, furnishings and clothing ON A FULL-TIME, ON-GOING BASIS. However when the seasonal shedding takes place and the undercoat is replaced, SHEDDING IS TAKEN TO AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL of intensity! A very powerful vacuum cleaner is a must with these dogs!!


Military Working DogsBite first, ask questions later dogs, Russian GSD s are well known for their practically silent operating status; it is very rare that they bark; and for their EXTREMELY ALERT AND HIGHLY PROTECTIVE instincts.  However, these dogs make excellent guard dogs that will unhesitatingly DEFEND THEIR TERRITORY TO THE DEATH. 

Weighing in at around 100 lbs (70-130 lbs for both sexes) the Russian GSD is a formidable and extraordinarily powerful dog; (males stand at 26-30 inches, females- 24-28 inches) and is a dog intensely and ferociously determined to protect its owner from harm AT ALL COSTS. The prospects of survival for a would-be attacker are NOT good!!

The Russian German Shepherd is also known as: East-European Shepherd, Byelorussian Shepherd, Belarusian Shepherd, Eastern European Shepherd, Byelorussian Owtcharka, Belarusian Owtcharka, East-European Owtcharka, Eastern European Owtcharka, Owczarek Wschodnioeuropejski, Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka, and the VEO.



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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.


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!!!!)


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.

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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.

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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.


The Russian German Shepherd Dog

The East-European Shepherd (Russian German Shepherd Dog)

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The East European Shepherd (Russian German Shepherd Dog) bears a close resemblance to the German Shepherd Dog although it is actually a distinctly different breed in its own right, and is the result of a Soviet Military and KGB breeding programme following WW2 and achieving its success in the late 1940’s.

Many German Shepherd Dog’s were captured during WW1 after the Russian military noticed the impressive working abilities of the Germans military dogs in general and in particular the German Shepherd Dog. Unfortunately they soon discovered that German Shepherd Dog’s were not well adapted to the harsh climatic conditions of the icy cold Russian winters and the majority did not survive. Those that did were unable to function effectively in such an environment.

To counteract this problem the East European Shepherd was, bred to be larger and heavier, and more powerful and muEE Shepherd alldogbreed tkscular. It also sported a typically black, somewhat denser double coat of medium length, and as required by the Russians, a stronger bite and a very strong protection drive.

The development of the East-European Shepherd or Russian German shepherd started in the Byelorussian region.

During WW1 local Belarusians took a liking to the Germans military dogs as thousands of them travelled through their then, and for most of the war, occupied country which we know today as Belarus. By various ways and means, they took possession of a number of the enduringly popular German Shepherd Dog. In order to avoid unsavoury connections to the, obviously, highly unpopular Germans these dogs were initially known as Byelorussian Owtcharka, or Belarusian Shepherd. For this same reason in the UK the German Shepherd Dog became known as the Alsatian although their official title is still German Shepherd Dog.

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Moving forward in time to WW2 the Russians successfully captured as war trophies, thousands more German Shepherd Dogs from the German military.

A breeding programme led by the Soviet Military and the KGB involving the systematic crossing of GSDs with various Russian dogs, in particular the Laika led to the evolution of a new Russian dog breed, the East-European Shepherd, or the Vostochnoevropejskaya Ovcharka in the late 1940’s; This new Soviet military dog became their main military working breed and also that of the KGB.


The East European Shepherd is today classed as a rare breed owing to the fall of the Soviet Union which saw its popularity wane dramatically. However it is still used by the Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian Armed Forces and also by a reasonable number of the republics of Central Asia.

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SUCCESS For Sochi Dogs And Cats!–Together We CAN Make A Difference!!


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Success For Sochi Dogs and Cats!

Together We CAN Make A Difference!!

Results For the Petition You Signed, 2000 dogs and cats’ll be killed for the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014)! Please help to stop this.

On Feb  6, 2014, you signed the petition, 2000 dogs and cats’ll be killed for the Olympic Games (Sochi 2014)! Please help to stop this.. The petition author, Ekaterina Bourgois, has now closed the petition and sent this message to all its signers:

The Petitions Site                                                                                                                                                22 Feb (3 days ago)

A success!

Dear Animal lovers, Animal Activists and All Animal Welfare Organizations,
I would like to thank you all for the caring.
Your appeal reviewed by the experts state administration of
Veterinary Krasnodar region on behalf of the Presidential Administration
of The Russian Federation.
At this moment, the city of Sochi formed a shelter for homeless animals.
More information about the details see at :

Dear Presidential Administration of The Russian Federation, we are thankful for your support.
Best regards,
Ekaterina Bourgois
On behalf of Care2, thank you for making a difference. The Petition Site hosts thousands of petitions just like this one. Please continue taking action by going to:
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People like us CAN make a difference if we stand together with one voice and one heart! We appealed to hearts and minds and Russia responded. We are indeed thankful to the Presidential Administration of The Russian Federation! A fitting tail end to the fantastic 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

From MoonTechK9 Dog Training – RESPECT  to the Presidential Administration of The Russian Federation.

What A Dog Wants


Think BEFORE You Buy Me!!!


A dog is big commitment and comes with serious responsibilities…Take the time to research their needs and to give serious and honest consideration to whether or not you are willing and able to meet their needs and to give them the life they deserve. You owe it to yourself and your potential new dog. Think before you leap!!


What Breed of Dog? Pure Breed or Crossbreed?


Mixed Breed Dogs (Mongrels)

mongrel-vientianeMongrels (mixed breed dogs) do not generally display extremes in temperament or behaviour. Consequently they tend to be more flexible and are better equipped to adapt to a wider variety of households and lifestyles and can make for great family pets. They are not expensive to purchase and many are eagerly awaiting loving homes in rescue centres.

Most mongrels have good genetic diversity, (combination of unrelated genes carrying many different traits) and usually have robust general health and vitality. They are also likely to be of a more natural build rather than some of the more extreme examples of todays “man-made” breeds which can be linked to increased health-related issues.

However adult size and appearance is unpredictable and certain health problems cannot be ruled out as it is not possible to test mongrel’s parents for breed specific issues. Mongrels are not the best choice if they are required for a particular skill e.g. herding. In such circumstances specific pure-breeds or purpose-bred cross-breeds would be far better equipped for the task.


Crosses between two pure-breed dogs of different breeds – increasingly known “designer dogs” usually show physical and behavioural traits similar to both parents in varying degrees. Depending on the genetic combinations this can lead to some very unique litters. They usually make great pets if trained and socialised properly to bring out the best traits in behaviour and temperament – as with goldendoodle-rescueany dog. Careful cross breeding may lower the chances of passing on a particular health condition if only one parent is the carrier. It could also lead to some of today’s cross-breeds evolving into the pure-breeds of tomorrow. E.g., “The Cockapoo,” “Sprocker” and “Sprollie.”

But the exact personality type a cross-breeding might produce is not predictable and neither is size, especially if noticeably different sized dog breeds are crossed. If both parents are carriers of the same particular gene hereditary breed-related health issues are very likely to appear in the cross breeds. Many cross-breeds are currently selling for two or three times as much as a pure-breed due to all the interest in “designer dogs”.


Pure-breed dogs have many physical canine characteristics including size and some temperament and behaviour traits that are predictable. Food bills, grooming requirements and amount of exercise will be easier to estimate. Knowing the original purpose of a dog’s breed can make training and understanding the dog much easier and help build a very close bond between dog and owner.


But pure-breed dogs are not GUARANTEED to develop the expected traits. Some do not “conform to the norm” for their breed. They often display the working behaviours they were bred for and these could be difficult to live with if the dog is to be purely a companion or family pet.

The Pros and Cons of Neutering


To Neuter or Not to Neuter!



  • 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.


  • 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.


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  • 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.


  • 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!

The US Food Stamps Program

The Pet Food Stamps Program


clip_image002Over 50 million Americans benefit from the US Food Stamps program.

Unfortunately for many US cat and dog owners the cost of buying pet supplies is not included and in these times of financial difficulty they find themselves without food for their pets and therefore unable to keep them. It is a very sad statistic that four million pets out of the seven million given up to shelters are put down every year.

Registered NYS non-profit corporation, The Pet Food Stamps program

is attempting to bridge the gap for such owners and prevent the wholly unnecessary death of innocent and much loved pets.


clip_image004They aim to offer this assistance to any approved U.S citizen

offering good, healthy food supplies on 100% free, monthly, home delivery for a period of 6-months. Approval is granted by individual assessment based on pet owner need and personal income. Consequently owners with more than one pet may find themselves eligible for multi pet product deliveries.


“Due to the high demand for this service – thousands of applications daily it can take several weeks before owners receive an yes or no answer.” ~ Marc Okon, program founder and executive director.


Similar services are available at Washington Animal Rescue League:

“One of our missions is to provide income-qualified families with discounted pet care, vaccinations, vaccine clinics, neutered clinics and vet care. We have a new medical centre on site … We also have a food bank run entirely on donations.” ~ League spokesman Matt Williams

If you are receiving US Food Stamps or are in a low income bracket and would like to apply for Pet Food Stamps, please click HERE


Source: ABC

Introduction to Kennel Design 2–Buildings


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These are mandatory separate units situated away from the main kennel blocks. They are designed for comfort and reassurance with extra heating available when necessary, and are easily accessible for the extra attention that will be needed.

WALLS kennel walls are chosen to be impermeable and easy to clean. Regular washing and disinfecting of the wall along with scratching and chewing can quickly causes a kennel block to develop an unkempt appearance. So choosing suitable materials is essential. IIMG_3433.10183538_stdt should also mean happy and comfortable space dogs! The purpose-made galvanized mesh panels used in the kennel runs have the advantage of various built-in safety features. sassy 1


2ee154172da6e9f4e0ae09ec3983_grandeboardingluci.legaproanimale.orgKennel floors are also designed to be impermeable to water and other liquids. They are largely tiled but for the heavier duty occupant sealed concrete floors are available. Sealing is vital in the interests of maintaining the highest of hygiene standards throughout the kennels.

Introduction to Kennel Design–Facilities



kennel_inside_largeKennels-Frontlarge-P5020468Recommended kennel design includes spacious attached runs. One of the easier designs to manage is the central corridor with kennels on either side, each one leading to an individual run. This avoids any sense of isolation as the dogs can see one another, and also allows for viewing by kennel staff. They have an access hatch to the run area which can be opened both from outside the run gate and from inside the corridor. The inside kennels can be cleaned very easily when the dogs are in the runs and once these areas are cleaned and disinfected dealing with the outside runs is straight forward.


Outside runs attached to kennels are separated from each other by 1-metre-high solid walls topped with galvanized mesh panels to give 2-metre-high division. This design ensures maximum ease of cleaning. The runs are fully mesh covered to deter the more determined dog who thrives on escape tactics. The mesh gates are thoroughly checked to guarantee they close firmly and cannot be opened by the more ingenious canine individuals.

Secure perimeter fencing and locked gates when the kennels are unattended secures them against intruders. Security is further heightened by innovative alarm systems


20091024000000546ae299f36e15bb11e8e746db3327a9runs1In addition to the individual kennel runs there are also other large and securely fenced runs where the dogs can run free. Chain-link fencing, which is usually used for the larger exercise runs is sunk in concrete below the surface and can be green PVC-coated or galvanized. To deter jumpers, the outside perimeter fencing of chain link uses taut wire strands sloping inwards atop 2-metre high chain link. There are also several securely fenced outside covered exercise areas for free running in bad weather.