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Full Name
Alternate Names
Egyptian Sheepdog
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Life Span
13 - 15 years
51 - 64 pounds

The Armant, also known as the Egyptian Sheepdog, is a breed of dog that originated in Egypt. It is a medium-sized breed known for its intelligence, agility, and strong work ethic. Armants are typically recognized by their well-muscled bodies, short coat, and erect ears. They were originally bred for herding and guarding livestock, and as a result, they are protective and loyal to their families. While they may not be as common outside of Egypt, Armants make excellent working dogs and devoted companions for those who appreciate their versatility and heritage.

Bred For
Livestock Guardian
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Armant good with children?

    Yes, the Armant is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Armant naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Armant friendly with strangers?

    The Armant is about average in how friendly they are with strangers. They can be timid or protective, but with proper training and socialization can be fine for any household.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Armant friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Armant is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Armant is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Armant like to cuddle?

    The Armant likes to cuddle up every once in a while. They appreciate physical affection, but probably won't stay in your lap for extended amounts of time.

    Does the Armant like to play?

    The Armant will almost always be ready for play! The Armant is great for a family with children, or otherwise, an environment that is always ready for play.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Armant make a good service dog?

    The Armant can be a service dog with the proper training. Armants are not the most common service dog, but they certainly can be if their personality matches- smart, patient, and extremely dedicated to their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Armant good for first-time owners?

    The Armant is not the easiest breed for first-time owners, but can certainly still work out if the owner is willing to put the time into training and exercise.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Armant be trained?

    The Armant can be trained to the highest level and is oftentimes seen in various competitions. The Armant is not only intelligent, but it wants to please its owner and is motivated with competition, especially if it feels like it has a job assigned to it.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Armant shed a lot?

    The Armant sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Armant easy to groom?

    The Armant requires a good amount of grooming work. It is possible to do it yourself, but you need to plan on dedicating weekly grooming sessions at the minimum.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Armant need a lot of exercise?

    The Armant needs a daily exercise partner! The Armant is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.

    How smart is the Armant?

    The Armant is one of the smartest dog breeds. Having a very smart dog is fun, but it is also demanding- they require mental challenge and stimulation just as much as physical exercise.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Armant bark? Does the Armant bark too much?

    The Armant barks a lot. This is important to consider with your living situation- will it be ok when you leave them at home alone or will they disrupt the neighbors? The Armant will oftentimes bark just to express their thoughts... even just to be heard!
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Armant a good guard dog?

    The Armant is not a dog breed necessarily known as a guard dog, but they are alert. The Armant is protective of its family, and has above average tendencies when it comes to guarding property.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Armant good at staying alone? Is the Armant independent?

    The Armant is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Armant a good apartment dog?

    The Armant is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.

    How big is the Armant?

    The Armant is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Armant tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Armant?

    The Armant can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Armant tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Armant?

    The Armant can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Armant try to run away?

    The Armant does sometimes run away. This is especially true if they are distracted, or see other cats or dogs. They probably won't go out of their way to "escape", but a fenced yard is still recommended.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Armant a healthy dog? The health of a Armant should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Armant is healthy, but has an average number of health risks that should be taken into consideration.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Armant?

    It seems like the Armant never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Armant is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Armant for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Armant drool?

    The Armant does not drool at all.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Armant have a large prey drive? Does the Armant like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Armant has a high prey drive and has a natural tendency to chase after any small animal. Every case is unique, but the Armant may not be the best dog for living with other cats or small animals.

    Is the Armant atheltic?

    The Armant is a true athlete. The Armant is both fast, strong, and has a ton of endurance that suits it well for runs, hikes, and even marathons!
  1. Herding
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The Armant is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Herding dog breed group.
Herding group: The Herding group dogs all share an instinctual ability to control the movement of other animals. They have traditionally been raised on farms to help herd and protect valuable livestock. They are intelligent, and have been bred to treat each day like they have a "job" they must do. Their innate herding ability is such a big part of who they are, that they are known to even "herd" their owners, children, or other small dogs. Some can seem stubborn and even obsessed with their herding, since they take it seriously! They have high expectations, and must be stimulated mentally just as much as physically. The reward to these "high expectations" is that they can be trained very well, and are oftentimes used in competitions. Certain breeds such as the well known German Shepard are also used by Police forces, because of their discipline, intelligence, and ability to be trained.

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