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Old 03-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an elderly Russian friend who claims all police dogs in the former USSR had to have the ability to climb trees. To bolster his claim he sent me this picture, which I believe is just some guy being chased up a tree by a GSD who may or may not have been in Russia at the time it was taken. Anybody willing to verify this? (Yep, I realize it's a little early for April Fool's Day threads).
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This could just be the dog having jumped up to get a hold of this man's pants. I have seen this particular picture circulated online for several months now. Never with a subtitle of a Russian dog climbing trees. Also, while GSDs are pretty good jumpers, I have never heard or known them having the ability to climb trees.
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Considering the Russian dogs are called East European Shepherds and look like shepherds but were bred with a couple other breeds to produce what they have now and the EES being used heavily by the KGB or police personel, I don't think i'd be too surprised if the selected dogs could in fact climb trees or at the very least get up there a little bit. Who knows. It would be hard to determine an EES from a GSD.
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The A-frame used to be straight up and down and six feet tall or higher. the dogs climbed them. I would not be surprised if they would be expected to leap up or climb partially up a tree.
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My Russian friend says the Russian (East European) Shepherd was created as it's own breed beginning in the 1930's. His description of the breed: 'The East European Shepherd has an equable temper, lively to the rightpoint, more "serious", especially male dogs compared to the GSD. Being perfect jumpers, the EE Shepherd dogs are fond of barriers and obstacles. The training exercise (I think he's referring to A-frame scaling) is probably the most entertaining task for them. Thus during the training this breed demonstrates a keen interest, is far from being stubborn, trying to execute all the commands to please the master.'
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My history teacher in high school was from Russia. He has EES's that he brought over. His particular dogs were equal in temperment to a GSD. Like i stated, they were bred with GSDs mixed with other breeds better suited to handle the climate. They look like GSDs, have the smarts, are just a bit larger, and are pretty popular. I guess like with our dogs, it depends on the dog. The only difference Mr. K said was between the dogs was the size and how Russia bred them.

But, just like with Americans, there will always be someone who says one thing while someone else says another. There's not a whole lot of info unless you can read russian. lol
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But, just like with Americans, there will always be someone who says one thing while someone else says another. There's not a whole lot of info unless you can read russian. lol
That's for sure!
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Molly is a pretty darn good jumper almost above 6 ft.. She must be part Russian.
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molly is a pretty darn good jumper almost above 6 ft.. She must be part russian.

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Originally Posted by jessiewessie99>
Molly is a pretty darn good jumper almost above 6 ft...She must be part Russian.

But is she a perfect jumper? <very big evil grin>


Quote from my Russian friend: "Being perfect jumpers, the EE Shepherd dogs are fond of barriers and obstacles."

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