Armant

50-65 lbs
21-23"
Egypt
Egyptian Sheepdog, Egyptian Shepherd Dog, Ermenti, Hawara Dog, Chien de Berger Egyptian

This rare Egyptian sheepdog is a hardworking and tough dog that also makes an affectionate family companion. They are fearless when working and will guard their flock with their life. The Armant loves to play when not working and is an excellent playmate for children. They are generally easy to train and want to very much please their family. They are not overly fond of strangers and will sound the alarm when a stranger approaches their home. This breed is full of energy and needs to have time outside to play and run. They also need plenty of toys to keep them occupied when they are left alone. 

Purpose
Guard Dog, Farm Dog
Date of Origin
1900s
Ancestry
European Dogs, Briards

Armant Health

Average Size
Male Armant size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Female Armant size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 50-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • OFA
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Armant Breed History

The Armant originated in Egypt sometime in the early 1900s. They were first used as guard dogs but farmers quickly saw their value as a herding dog as well. Many researchers believe that the Armant came from crossing the Briard with various European dogs that were brought into Egypt by Napoleon’s troops.  Another theory is that the breed developed over many years from Egyptian farm dogs and had no influence of the Briard. This breed was named Armant after the town in Egypt where they seemed to be the most prevalent. Yet another theory, one less likely, is that the Armant developed by breeding the Bearded Collie and the Newfoundland with Egyptian farm dogs that descended from European herding breeds. The town of Armant is an ancient town near Thebes on the west bank of the Nile River in the upper region of Egypt. It was once called Hermonthis by the Greek and was the crowning place for ancient kings, thought to be the seat of the sun cult. Legend has it that the god of war, Mont, once worshipped near Armant. Mont came there in human form but had the head of a hawk instead of a human head. This breed has fearlessness in the face of predators that lives up to the storied reputation of the town they were named. Even though they are fearless and aggressive towards predators threatening their herd, they are docile and loving to their family. This quality makes them a wonderful family companion and child’s pet. The Armant is not popular enough to be recognized by the American Kennel Club but has achieved registration status with other organizations.

Armant Breed Appearance

The Armant is a typical medium sized dog with a larger head and a muzzle that is medium sized but proportionate to the head. They have round dark eyes that are small and placed obliquely. Their noses are generally black in color, broad and have wide nostrils; however, they can have lighter colored noses that compliment their coat color. Their body is well muscled with a broad, deep chest and powerful legs. Since the breed does not have a closely adhered to standard they can have many different types of ears from drop ears to erect. They are a working breed first which means they have to be able to perform the job they were bred to do and not necessarily have to look pretty while doing so. They do have a shaggy coat that is medium to long and is harsh to the touch. The Armant is found in several different colors but black, black and tan, gray and yellow are the most common colors. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Armant eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Armant nose
Black
brown Armant nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Armant coat
Fawn
gray Armant coat
Gray
black Armant coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Armant straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Armant Breed Maintenance

The Armant has a coarse, medium to long coat that is dense in the colder months and protects them from the weather when they out with the flock. They should be brushed once a week to keep the coat looking healthy and remove any dirt. Use a slicker brush, natural bristle brush or a pin brush and a metal comb when grooming. The Armant’s coat does not generally tangle, but if not kept brushed, matting can occur. Armants with longer coats should be brushed every day or every other day to prevent the longer coat from tangling. They do shed heavily and require more attention to grooming when they are shedding. Clean their ears each week, especially if they have ears that hang down. Clip their nails every few weeks or as needed. Do not bathe the Armant often; doing so can cause their skin to become dry and flaky. When bathing the Armant, use a shampoo that is strictly for coarse coats. 

Brushes for Armant
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Armant requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Armant Temperament

This is an extremely intelligent breed that is very trainable. They do require an owner that has the time to properly train them and give them the daily attention and exercise they deserve. The Armant will bond closely with their family and will naturally become guardian of your home. They thrive in a home where they have a set job to complete. When not working, they love to play with children and go for long hikes. Keep plenty of toys available when you are not able to devote time to them or they can become destructive in your home. Being a sheepdog with an inbred herding instinct, they require a sturdy fence to keep them from trying to herd vehicles, bicycles or neighborhood children. Early socialization will make them more accepting of new situations and people. The Armant is not known to be dog aggressive and should do well in a home with multiple dogs. 

Armant Activity Requirements

The Armant was used exclusively as a working dog for many years until farmers saw the benefit of having them as a companion. They require a job to do and when there is nothing for them to do they will get bored and find things to occupy their time. When training the Armant, they work best using positive reinforcement and treats. This is an agile breed that would do marvelous in dog sports such as agility. Long daily walks or playing fetch in the backyard are also a good way to wear them down and give them the exercise they desire. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Armant Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.6 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Armant Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Armant size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 29 lbs
Female Armant size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 29 lbs
12 Months
Male Armant size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Female Armant size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs
18 Months
Male Armant size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs
Female Armant size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs

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