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Armenian Gampr Dog 2011
Armenian Gampr Dogs Collection:
It is believed that the ancient Central Asian dogs are the ancestors of all breeds. This is debatable, but it is almost certain that the Tibetan Mastiff is a descendant of the Central Asian Shepherd Dog and not its ancestor, as often thought. There is a strong possibility that these dogs are the direct descendants of the legendary Armenian Gampr and the Sage Kooche dogs of Afghanistan, to which they are undeniably related. Regardless of their heritage, the Volkodavs of Central Asia are a wonderful reminder of what a natural dog looks like. The common misconception is that the Central Asian Ovcharka is over 4000 years old, when in fact it is a fairly recent Russian creation. Some of the breeds that served as its foundation are much older and truly ancient, but the modern CAO was actually formed in the 20th century. Prior to 1935, the breed was known as the Turkish Shepherd, but this was due to the confusion of some Russian, as well as western authors who failed to differentiate between Turkmenistan and Turkey. Since these dogs don’t exist in a single country, but are found all over eastern Europe and Asia, the breed has officially been known as the Central Asian Shepherd Dog and shown under that name since 1938. Alongside the Kavkaz Dog and the Youzhak, the Central Asian Ovcharka is part of the famous Troika, a trio of recognized Russian sheepdogs.