The EES was pretty much bred the way it is so they can handle the winter seasons in Russia better. My history teacher in high school was Russian and brought his EES over from Russia. He said they're just like GSDs but heavier coats and tolerate winters better than a standard GSD.
You're not likely going to find any EES here in the states unless owned directly by someone FROM Russia who brought them over with them. According to Mr. Koshevnikov that was the only way you were going to see them in the US or anywhere else outside of Russia. The Russians are very protective of their breed. If they're ever recognized by the AKC or FCI, it wouldn't be for a very very long time I'd think.
Mr. K brought his to class one day. Intimidating dog actually. He was a good dog, very well trained but nobody really had the guts to approach him. He was a VERY serious dog. Believe Mr. K said he was six or seven years old at the time.
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