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
Shasta GSD 5/5/10 CGC, ITD, TC
"Dax" Thor z vom Weberhaus BCAT CAX2 CGCA ETD HCT NCO-1 PKD-T RATI RATN RA TC TKA 3/18/2013
"Hades" Guilty vom Blutfeuer 10/26/2018
Zena GSD 6/1/03-2/16/2016
Riley GSD/BC 1/10/05-2/1/2013