June 23, two postage stamps dedicated to the German Shepherd and the Scottish Shepherd (collie) are issued as part of Service Breeds of Dogs series


The postage stamps issue is timed to celebrate the World Dog Show 2016, the first world dog show in Russia.

Service breeds comprise strong and hardy dogs with innate patrol skills. These dogs are usually large that need lengthy walks and exercise load.

The image of the German Shepherd is based on Dobrynya, a puppy given as a present by Igor Zubov, State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, to Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassador of France to Russia, in December 2015.

In autumn 2015, the French police lost a service dog named Diesel during a counter-terrorism operation in Saint-Denis, a commune in the suburbs of Paris. In sympathy, the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation decided to give the French a puppy as a representation of strength, kindness, military valor and selfless aid.

The puppy has taken place of Diesel, a dog who died during a counter-terrorism operation.

The Scottish Shepherd (collie) is a smart and witty dog that boasts natural intelligence, good power of scent and acute hearing and can be trained easily.

The collie came to Russian in the beginning of 20th century; the Russian Imperial family had more than ten dogs of this breed. The collie was used as a casualty dog during the Russo-Japanese War. Distinguished by stamina, responsiveness and loyalty, the collie calmly, without any rush, endured any hardships.

The collie affirmed its qualities during the Great Patriotic War as well. As the commander of one of the military bases said, “the collie turned out to be exceptionally hard-working and hardy in combat situations, as well as highly trainable to different services”.

The issue is timed to the opening of the World Dog Show in Moscow, which has become a significant event for dog-lovers all around the world.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with two postage stamps and a first day cover with cancellation (Moscow) inside.

Design: O. Shushlebina.
Face values: 19 RUB, 31 RUB.
Size of stamps: 65×32.5 mm, size of sheet: 157×157 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2×4) stamps.
Circulation: 200,000 stamps (50,000 sheets) each.

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