East European Shepherd
The East European Shepherd (VEO) (in Russian: Восточно-европейская овчарка (ВЕО)) is a breed of dog that was developed in the 1930-1950s based on German Shepherds to create a larger, cold-resistant breed for military use, police work and border guard duties in the Soviet Union. VEOs are also used as guide dogs for the blind and as therapy dogs. This breed is popular in Russia, where it entered a public culture and acquired a legendary status as an extremely smart and loyal dog devoted to its owners. The breed is well known in other ex-Soviet Union republics. In the West, the East-European Shepherd is a rare breed that is not well known. Information about the breed on online sources in English is limited and often incorrect or distorted.
Also known as
This breed is also called Byelorussian Ovcharka, Veo as well as Восточно-Европейская Овчарка.
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