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