Armant Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Armant so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEgypt flagEgypt
Other Names
What other names does the Armant have?
Chien de Berger EgyptienErmentiHawara DogEgyptian Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Armant Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Armant puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Armant?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Armant? How many Armant are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Armant Size

Size
Is an Armant small, medium or large dog?

How big do Armant get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Armant weigh? How much should the Armant breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Armant?
50 and 65 pounds (23 and 29 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Armant?
57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the Armant? Armant height:
21 and 23 inches (53 and 58 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Armant?
22 inches (55.5 cm)

Armant Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Armant have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Shaggy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Armant's coat?
TanGreyYellowBlackBlack & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Armant and how often?
Average: The Armant requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Armant, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Armant dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chien de Berger Egyptien?
Armants shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Armant breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Armant need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Armant every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Armant Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Armant have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
FearlessLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Armant? Is the Armant breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Armant's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Armant is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Armant dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Armants are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Armant is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Armant sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Armants don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Armant a good family dog?
Average: Armants are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chien de Berger Egyptien need? Armant social needs:
Armants are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Armant dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chien de Berger Egyptien bark?
Average: The Armant barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Armant good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Armants are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Armant dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Armants are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Armant can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Armant will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Armant bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chien de Berger Egyptien? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Armant? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Armant has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Armant has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Armant? How much bite force does an Armant have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Armant bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Armant, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Armant do?
Armants have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Armants need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Armant to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Armant roam?
Armants tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Armant have high prey drive?
Armants have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Armant good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Armant indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Armants adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Armant be left alone?
Armants do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Armant Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Armant temperament with other people:
Armants are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Armant dogs get along with other pets? Are Armant dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Armants are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Armant dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Armant temperament with children:
Armants are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Armant dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Armant breed live with a cat?
Armants are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Armant good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Armant dogs get along with other dogs?
Armants are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Armant can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Armant breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Armant breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Armants are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Armants good office dogs? Do Armants make good office friendly dogs? Can Armants be office dogs?
No
Armant is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Armant dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chien de Berger Egyptien temperament with senior people? Are Armant dogs good for elderly owners?
Armants are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Armant Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Armant dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Armant is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Armant breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Armant see the vet?
Average
The Armant should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Armant dogs live? How old can a Armant be? What is the age limit of the Armant? How many years can the oldest Armant live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Armant?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Armant: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Armant breed hypoallergenic?
No
Armants don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Armant have? What is the activity level of the Armant?
Armants have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Armant need? How much exercise do Armant dogs require per day?
Armants have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Armant breed need?
Armants sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Armant need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Armant breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Armant? How much food should I feed my Armant?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Armant risk for obesity:
Average: The Armant has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Armant's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Armant has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Armant drool?
The Armant is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Armant could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Armant.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Armant As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Armant be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Armant is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Armant be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Armant be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Armant is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Armant be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Armant is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Armant be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Armant is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Armant be a boat dog?

Not really

Armant breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Armant be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Armant is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Armant dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Armant Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Armant pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Armant breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Armant: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Armant have in a litter? How many puppies can the Armant breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Armant have? How many puppies can an Armant give birth to?
3-8 puppies

Armant Recognition

AKC Group
Is Armant recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Armant recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Armant Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Armant's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Armants are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Armant is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Mouthiness: Armants have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Armants tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Armants adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Armants are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Armants are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Armants are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Armants are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Armants are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Armants don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Armants shed above average.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Armants do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Armant is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Armant History

The Armant was developed almost exclusively as a working dog in Egypt sometimes in the early 1990s. The breed gets its name from the village of Armant where they seemed to be most prevalent. Some believe that the dog was first developed in that village, but there is no evidence to support this. Although each is based on little more than pure speculation, there is a number of theories about how the breed was developed.

Some people claim that the Armant is descended almost entirely from native Egyptian dogs. Herding dogs have a long history in Egypt than perhaps anywhere else in the world. Between 5000 and 7000 years ago, Egyptian relics such as statues, paintings, and tomb walls began to show several different types of dogs. These dogs were bred for specific purposes as each different-looking dog type is shown performing a different purpose. There were thin and fleet-footed sighthounds used for hunting. There were large Mastiff-type dogs used for battle and protection. There were also herding dogs that managed and defended the flocks of shepherds. Further evidence is provided from ancient dog cemeteries. The ancient Egyptians both cherished the dog as a companion and revered it for its connection to the god Anubis. Countless thousands of Egyptian dog mummies were discovered, many of which have had their names translated. In addition to names such as Blacky, and Antelope, many dogs possessed names such as Good Herdsman and Brave One. There are people who believe that the Armant might be descended from these first herding dogs. Believers point to evidence that suggests that the breed was present in Egypt since at least the 1400s. This theory is certainly possible, but there is a lack of evidence for it.

The other major theory concerning the origin of the Armant is that the breed descended from European dogs which were introduced into Egypt in the last two centuries. The breed is very similar in appearance to several French herding breeds, especially the Briard of France. Many claims that the breed came from crossing the Briard with other European dogs that were brought by Napoleon’s troops in 1789. Allegedly, these dogs accompanied the French army and were subsequently acquired by local farmers either through trade or when they were abandoned in the French evacuation. Sadly, there is not that much evidence to support this theory, but it could be true.

A third theory claims that the Armant is one of the ancestors of the Bearded Collie based on an alleged similarity between the two breeds. However, this theory is probably completely false based on the age of the Bearded Collie and the likelihood of Egyptian dogs making their way to Scotland at the time that breed developed. However, it is much more likely that the British imported their herding dogs to Egypt. The British maintained a substantial trading and military presence in Egypt for a number of decades.

Furthermore, although rarely discussed, the Armant could also be a result of much earlier introductions of European dogs. Both the Romans and the Greeks occupied Egypt numerous times, and both possessed highly protective herding dogs which they were known to have brought to Egypt such as the Molossus and the Roman Cattle Driving Dog.

The Armant is almost certainly the result of crossing many different breeds together over time. Farmers of Egypt bred their herding dogs almost solely for working ability. If a dog was a superior livestock worker, it would probably be used for breeding regardless of its appearance or origin. This suggests that the Armant is probably a descendant of both Egyptian and European herding dogs. The breed served its masters primarily as a herding dog, tasked with rounding up stray sheep and goats, keeping flocks unified, and moving them wherever the farmer needed them to go. The breed also served as a guardian, when a predator approached the flock, the dog would first bark to alert the shepherds and then move in to drive off the invader itself.  However, according to Islamic tradition, dogs are considered unclean and numerous restrictions were placed on them such as that they are not allowed to enter houses, so because of this, farmers would not let their Armants enter their homes. Moreover, at the beginning of the 20th century, a succession of Egyptian governments have worked to modernize the country. The increased technology and industrialization led to a massive wave of urbanization, and this leads to both an increase in crime rates and a heightened public perception of crime. In order to defend themselves and their property, the Egyptian public turned to the use of guard dogs. The Armant became one of the most popular breeds as people loved it for its intense loyalty.

Although the breed is very popular in its homeland, the Armant is rarely seen outside of Egypt. There are a few Arman breeders in France and the Netherlands, and possibly in Belgium as well. Dog shows are still not popular in Egypt, and as a result, there has been little effort to standardize the breed. The Armand has not been recognized by any major national or international kennel clubs. Only smaller organizations have granted the breed recognition, including the Continental Kennel in the US.

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