Compared to the German shepherds, which have been typically kept in the enclosures for dogs, East-European shepherds have been living in close contact with the human beings, and, therefore, they have a broader spectrum of behaviour responses, which makes East-European shepherds intelligent dogs.
Most breeders would agree that German shepherds now have an overloaded psychophysiological type. Specifically, they are able to perform perfectly the stereotypical set of skills, and, moreover, German shepherds do not have the same physical and psychological endurance, compared to the East-European counterparts. In other words, German shepherds now are ideal only for sportsmen.
In contrast, East-European shepherds work balance and prudently, and they possess the ability to perform, with interest, various integral long-term programmes at any complex situation. Specifically, East-European shepherds can evaluate themselves as an element of the whole system, such as, for example: the dog – the leader – the opponent – the distracting factors, and so on, which makes East-European shepherd extremely valuable for the army, the police, the Special Forces, and the security companies.
Furthermore, compared to East-European shepherds, the German shepherds are noisier and have a choleric temper. East-European shepherds, however, are more serious and psychologically more stable dogs. Today, in Russian Army, police, Special Forces, the Intelligent Service (former KGB) the preference is given to East-European Shepherds. However, the German shepherds in Russia are better represented on various dog-shows,exibitions, and competitions.
Clearly, if you live in a tiny apartment and need a nice and loyal companion-dog, which you want to train for competitions, the compact, energetic German shepherd is ideal for you. However, if you goal is a serious powerful dog, perfectly adopted to any climatic zone, able, without unnecessary demonstration of aggression, protect you, your family members, your house, and your belongings, take a closer look to the East-European shepherd.
In addition, East-European shepherds are very good with children. They adore playing with them. East-European shepherds are loyal to your children and protect them by all cost.
Moreover, East-European shepherds, typically, do not have conflicts with other pets, because these shepherds are very intelligent and possess a sense of justice: they won’t waste their time and efforts for quarrels with other family pets.
Finally, East-European shepherd is widely spread and popular now not only in Russia and in the former countries of the Soviet Union, such as Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldova, and so on, but also in the former countries of the Eastern Bloc, such as Poland, Check Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia, and Hungary. At the present moment, the breed is recognized by the following international kennel organizations, such as UCI (United Clubs International) and IKU (International Kennel Union).