Dog Breed

Armenian Gampr Dog

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Full Name
Armenian Gampr Dog
Alternate Names
Gampr, Armenian Wolfhound Gampr, Armenian Shepherd Dog
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Life Span
11 - 14 years
Weight
85 - 185 pounds
Description

Armenian Gampr Dog is an ancient dog breed that has origins in Armenia. This giant dog is an excellent farm dog, especially for working with sheep as their traditional use for many generations has been to protect both livestock and property. Although the Gampr is a very rare breed today, it is an ancient breed that has helped lead to the formation of several other livestock breeds over the years.

Today there is a movement to conserve the breed and to save it from extinction. If you own a Gampr, are looking for puppies, or would just like to get involved, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Origin
Armenia
Bred For
Guarding livestock and large property
Attachments
      Family Considerations
      Child Friendly

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog good with children?

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

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog friendly with strangers?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog 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 Armenian Gampr Dog friendly with other dogs?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is not naturally friendly with other dogs, but with a good amount of early socialization as a puppy they can learn to get along with most breeds of dog. Proper training is required before letting the Armenian Gampr Dog go off-leash or to dog parks.
      Likes to Cuddle

      Does the Armenian Gampr Dog like to cuddle?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is not a cuddle bug, but it can still appreciate affection. It just has different boundaries with physical affection.
      Playfulness

      Does the Armenian Gampr Dog like to play?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is playful both as a puppy and as an adult dog. As they get older they may appreciate their alone time, and may not be in the mood for constant play, but certainly will have plenty of time for play as well.
      Service Dog Ability

      Does the Armenian Gampr Dog make a good service dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog would not be a great fit as a service dog for several reasons.
      Overall Ease of Breed
      Ease for Novice

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog good for first-time owners?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog would not be a good fit for first-time owners. A breed is only good for first-time owners if it is raised for home companionship, and is open to training and pleasing its owner.
      Training Potential

      How well can the Armenian Gampr Dog be trained?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog does not have high levels of training potential. There are exceptions, but the Armenian Gampr Dog is not typically seen in competitions or as a service dog or police dog.
      Amount of Shedding

      Does the Armenian Gampr Dog shed a lot?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog 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 Armenian Gampr Dog easy to groom?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog 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 Armenian Gampr Dog need a lot of exercise?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog has a lot of energy and getting daily exercise is very important, both for their well-being and for their focus, which is important when you train them.
      Personality
      Intelligence

      How smart is the Armenian Gampr Dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
      Amount of Barking

      How much does the Armenian Gampr Dog bark? Does the Armenian Gampr Dog bark too much?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Armenian Gampr Dogs - some may be much more expressive than others.
      Guard Dog Ability

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog a good guard dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog can serve as an excellent guard dog. It is both physically intimidating and also enjoys having a "job" to protect its family and property.
      Tolerates Being Alone

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog good at staying alone? Is the Armenian Gampr Dog independent?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is very independent, and an excellent choice for someone who will not have the time to always be with their dog. This can be beneficial for a working dog on the farm, or even just a family that works the 9-5 and cannot work from home.
      Home and Environment Considerations
      Good for Apartment Living

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog a good apartment dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog 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.
      Size

      How big is the Armenian Gampr Dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world. In the "giant" category!
      Tolerates Heat

      How much does the Armenian Gampr Dog tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Armenian Gampr Dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog 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 Armenian Gampr Dog tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Armenian Gampr Dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog does very well in cold weather, and loves the snow. They were built for it!
      Potential to Run Away

      Does the Armenian Gampr Dog try to run away?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
      Physical Characteristics
      General Health

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog a healthy dog? The health of a Armenian Gampr Dog 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 Armenian Gampr Dog is very healthy, but it is still important to feed the Armenian Gampr Dog high-quality food and to live a healthy lifestyle.
      Energy Level

      How energetic is the Armenian Gampr Dog?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog has some energy and requires daily walks, but overall the Armenian Gampr Dog has less energy than average.
      Amount of Drooling

      How much does the Armenian Gampr Dog drool?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is one of the dog breeds that drools the most. It may not be the most important factor, but something to consider if you live in a home where that may bother you.
      Prey Drive

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

      The Armenian Gampr Dog has average prey drive. They will probably enjoy chasing after birds and other small animals at the park, and it may be an issue at the home if you have small animals, but with some training and introduction can usually learn to live with them.
      Athleticism

      Is the Armenian Gampr Dog atheltic?

      The Armenian Gampr Dog is athletic and has average levels of endurance. They need a lot of exercise, and can be an exercise partner as long as it's nothing too extreme.

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    1. Working
    2. Shepherd / Sheepdog
    3. Armenian Gampr Dog
    The Armenian Gampr Dog is a purebred dog that belongs to the Shepherd / Sheepdog sub group, which falls under the larger Working dog breed group.
    Working group: Working dogs encompass a wide range of different breeds- but they all were bred to assist people, so they are used to working hard. It is important for them to feel they have a "job" as their roles traditionally have varied from rescuing people to pulling sleds. Because of their large size and intensity, they may be a handful for first time dog owners. On the other side, they can be trained well, so any owner who can exercise and dedicate to training their working dog, will be well rewarded. A common misconception may be that the working dog's jobs are only in physically challenging jobs; actually working dogs can also make excellent service dogs, since they are also kind and attentive to their owners.
    Shepherd / Sheepdog sub-group: Shepherd dogs are the super performers of the dog world. For many generations they have served their owners by performing their job of helping in the farm- guarding, protecting, and herding. Shepherds were bred based off intelligence and temperament, and willingness to serve their families. Today they are excellent family dogs, but also excel as military service animals, emotional therapy dogs, and in competitive obedience competitions. They are highly trainable and intelligent, but that does not necessarily mean they are an easy dog or optimal for first time owners. With this potential comes greater responsibility from the owner. They need a firm owner who is willing to stimulate them both physically and mentally from an early age. They need a leader. If they have one, you will be rewarded with one of the friendliest and most intelligent dogs in the World.

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