Our discovery of the Russian Shepherd Dog
The Youjak is a very rare breed in France. Only a few subjects are shown to the public at dog shows. A litter took place in 1991, another in 1995 at Mrs Ducret's in Sologne.
In March 2000, three babies were born in our kennel, Les Youjaks de Crimée: Rimsky, Raïssa and Russia-Kalinka. Their parents were Lapcha, a magnificent French champion female and Jiarko, a male imported from Germany. This was the start of our breeding. Today, despite their disappearance, they remain in our memory and in our hearts.
Time has passed and we now have two Russian shepherds. All of them are LOF registered and have a pedigree.
Vjuga Balandis (Minna) is a female who came to our house under special circumstances : originally from Lithuania, she had been taken in a shelter near Berlin, where we went to get her. She quickly adapted to her new family. Vjuga is sweet, tender and very shy. She gave birth to babies in 2012 and 2013. She is an excellent keeper.
Gorby is a son of Vjuga and Ranek. He is a very handsome male, born on 31 December 2011. Like his father, he is tall and develops harmoniously. His character is stable and very gentle. He is very affectionate!
Our Russian shepherds protect the territory and look after the family. They alternate moments of relaxation and play with long naps. But they are always on the alert, ready to intervene at the slightest signal. Our Russian shepherds live outside all day, then come home to share our family life.
When walking outside, they are very sociable, allowing themselves to be petted and admired.
Raising them and watching them grow is exciting.
Unfortunately, there are always difficulties, linked to scarcity : how to find a sire while avoiding inbreeding problems? The use of dogs living abroad is therefore inevitable.
However, acquiring a Russian Shepherd Dog should not be an exception, with the sole aim of collecting trophies : the search for rarity should never be carried out to the detriment of the development of the breed. This is why it is not useless to affirm that it is not the "dog for everyone" : its authenticity, its temperament and its education do not support brutality, nor total submission, even less "robotization".
Likewise, a rigorous selection process must be carried out : dogs with hip dysplasia must be excluded from breeding.