Dog Breed Group: Guard Dog
Life Span: 14-16 years
Weight: 99-130 lbs
Height: Males : 110-135 lbs, 25-26 inches, Females: 23-24 inches
Origin of Name: The Armenian Gampr is an Armenian breed of flock guardian dog native to the Armenian Highlands.
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Evidence of ancestors of this breed is traced back to at least 7,000 and possibly 15,000 BC. Ancient petroglyphs (carving or engraving on rocks), especially prevalent in the Gegama and Arneic Mountains of Armenia (today known as the Republic of Armenia), trace the evolution of breeds over time. 1,000 BC Petroglyphs show an anterior part of the carvings of gamps compared to other types of dogs; From this information, archaeologists have stated that the gamers had emerged as a race as a whole by this time in history and enjoyed preferential status in ancient culture. Other indications of the ancient existence of this breed are found in cultural references as well as other archaeological artifacts. Ancient myths and folklore about Gampr are well known among Armenians and date back to the end of the last ice age. For example, many stories surround the Armenian deity Aralez, a gamer-like dog who licks warriors' wounds on the battlefield, bringing them back to life. Hieroglyphs, skeletons and pottery also lend to their early existence and importance in Armenian culture. The mausoleum, located in the basin of Lake Sevan, dates back to 1,000 BC. It was unearthed in the 1950s, and one of them found a complete dog skeleton as well as several dog skulls. Archealogists compared him to the people of modern Gampra and found him almost identical. In addition, images of dogs similar to the breed have been found on ancient pieces of pottery located at Lori Fortes.