The Breed committee of the International Kennel Union (IKU) has officially recognized the Armenian wolfhound Gampr as Armenia’s national dog breed.
Armenian Gampr is a breed of livestock guardian dog that originated at Armenian Highlands.
Gamprs are one of few natural breeds that were not subjected to hard selection by phenotype. They preserved the genetic variation that other dog breeds had initially. This genetic variation was promoted by spontaneous and, in some cases, intentional periodic matings with local wide wolves that happen even at present. Gamprs differ by their vital capacity, independence, mind, strong self-preservation instinct, ability of the trustworthy defence and protection of livestock, and exclusive friendliness to humans.
Their breast is wide and deep, with a little rounded chest. Lower breast line shall be lower than elbow joint. Stomach continues breast line, a little tuck in. Top of shoulders is a little noticeable at the back. Back is wide, straight, mascular and strong. Waist is short and mascular. Croup is extended, wide and straight. Height in withers in male dogs is 65 cm or more, and female dogs is 62 cm or more. Weight shall correspond to the total size of the dog, and usually varies from 45–50 kg to 60 kg.
PS: Gampr looks like one of the branches of the Caucasian Shepherd, and I’m sure we will soon hear of Georgia and Azerbaijan claiming, that in reality it is their national breed, not Armenia’s.