Dog Breeds: E

East European Shepherd

The East European Shepherd is little known outside of his native Russia. Originating from crossing German Shepherds with native Russian dogs, the EES is a hardy breed with strong guarding instincts. Whilst his elegant lines make him attractive to look at, his work ethic should not be overlooked, as this makes him a poor choice as a family dog.

East Siberian Laika

The East Siberian Laika is the tallest of the four Laika-type dogs, and shares a similarity of appearance to the Siberian husky. Originally bred to pulls sledges, hunt, and guard, the Laika is an intelligent dog but also strong-willed and independent. Although not a beginner’s dog, for the right owner, the East Siberian Laika makes a loyal companion.

Elo

The Elo is a young dog breed, first created in 1987. The aim was to create the ideal family friendly dog that is reliable with children, obedient, and fun-loving. This happy dog has Spitz-like looks and is largely a healthy breed. Something of a rarity, the Elo is a dog to watch out for in the future.

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a small sized, energetic, gentle and affectionate breed, developed in England to flush Woodcocks out of undergrowth during shoots. A highly trainable breed, which is willing to please the Cocker Spaniel requires plenty of exercise and is good with children. It has a coat that can shed heavily so requires frequent brushing and may require the odd visit to the groomers. The breed can be affected by some health problems so selection of a healthy family line is important.

English Foxhound

The English Foxhound is a long-established hunting dog with incredible stamina, courage and tenacity. It is a very sociable breed that will fit well into homes with large families or other dogs. The Foxhound is energetic, and makes an excellent companion for exercise enthusiasts, though it can cope with a less active lifestyle as long as access to a garden is provided.

English Mastiff

The Mastiff is the largest of all the dog breeds, but is as gentle as he is big. The breed is remarkably patient with children, and protective of its family members, with a long history as a guardian and “dog of war”. They do not require much exercise, and so can learn to live indoors, despite their large size.

English Pointer

The English Pointer, known for its characteristic “pointing stance”, is a tireless and courageous hunting dog, which requires a large amount of exercise. However, it is also an intelligent and easy-going companion, affectionate and attentive, and very well-suited to life as a pet in an energetic family. Pointers require little grooming and usually mix well with other animals and people.

English Setter

English Setters are gun dogs initially used for hunting birds. Active and highly energetic, English Setters are great dogs for those who enjoy the outdoors, as they are the perfect mates for hiking and running. The English Setter is kind and gentle, a good family dog that is fond of children and other pets. They can smell exceptionally and are also known for their good memory.

English Shepherd

The English Shepherd is a versatile working dog native to the United States. It excels in many different jobs, including herding, hunting, search and rescue, and agility. The breed’s high intellect and energy levels mean it can be difficult to provide the necessary stimulation when it is kept as a pet, but it is a loyal and devoted companion in the right setting.

English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are gun dogs that were initially bred for hunting. They are attached to their owners, to whom they are devoted and loyal. They are loving and charming dogs, although they may be dominant and not always very fond of other pets. They are an active breed and need frequent exercise and playful activities to stimulate them and keep them happy and healthy.

English Toy Terrier

Closely related to the larger Manchester Terrier, the English Toy Terrier is a rare breed today, though it was found in many urban homes of the Northwest of England from the 1600s, when it was first bred to control rat populations. A lovable, affectionate family pet, it is also a vocal and alert watch dog.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a medium sized breed originating from Switzerland. It was originally an all round farm dog used for driving cattle and guarding. It has a devoted, affable character and is extremely loyal, which means it can suffer from separation anxiety. The Entlebucher is an active dog and requires plenty of exercise. It is generally a healthy breed.

Estonian Hound

Estonia’s only native dog breed is the appropriately named Estonian hound. With a similar appearance to the Beagle, this energetic dog is an active, affectionate, intelligent, and playful character that makes a good family dog. He is, however, not fond of change and prefers being with people he knows and a set routine as opposed to strangers and unpredictability.

Estrela Mountain Dog

A large pastoral breed from the Serra da Estrela in Portugal, the Estrela Mountain Dog is a large guardian dog with a protective attitude towards its people and their property. With appropriate training and handling, it is a loyal and even-tempered pet, but it needs plenty of space, can bark a lot, and is too strong-willed for the novice dog owner.

Eurasier

The Eurasier is one of the youngest breeds to have gained international recognition. It is a highly intelligent companion dog that is intensely loyal and devoted to its family, with whom it needs constant contact. Though reserved with strangers, it is rarely aggressive, and is very reliable with other pets. It needs relatively little exercise, and is a well-mannered dog within the home.