Dog Breeds 101: Armenian Gampr Dog

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Dog Breeds 101 - Armenian Gampr Dog
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The Armenian Gampr is a large dog with a heavy bone structure and a muscular physique making it one of the strongest breeds of the world. [1] This mountain dog’s head is large, well-developed but lacks prominent cheekbones. The back is wide, straight, muscular and strong. The breed’s thick coat effectively protects it under harsh conditions. The Gampr is a landrace breed meaning it is not a standardized breed and individuals can vary in terms of size, color and temperament. [2]

There is substantial scientific evidence proving that the Gampr breed has been in existence for at least 3,000 years and has retained most of the breed’s original characteristics. The Gampr was the dog of the ancient people living in the Armenian Highlands and references of the breed can be found in a variety of their cultural materials. The political turmoil in Armenia and surrounding areas nearly decimated the ancient bloodline of the breed but thankfully, there has been renewed efforts over the last few decades to help revive the Gampr to its former glory. Although it’s been around since the ancient times, the Armenian Gampr was only introduced in the United States in 1990. Outside Armenia, it is considered to be a very rare breed up to today. [3]

The Gampr is often described to have an aloof and prefers to observe from afar rather than engage in activities. It is a farm and family guardian and known to be strong-willed and relatively independent but still want to be a part of its owner’s life. Due to its independent nature, it thinks twice upon receiving commands. This breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners or people who do not understand natural dog behavior. The Armenian Gampr needs a firm, calm, confident and consistent master that will help it become the ideal pet. [1]


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