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California breeder of Armenian Gampr dogs LGD



as of 10/23/22

The United States CDC has banned the importation of dogs from 113 countries, including Armenia, therefore, THE GENETICS PROGRAM IS ON HOLD FOR THE USA..  Read the 7/14/21 release.  



Contact our sister club, the Armenian Gampr Coalition, for information.


saving our breed

AGCA has been assisting owners with importing thoroughly investigated, approved pups direct from working shepherds of Armenia as part of our Special Genetics Program to save our breed from extinction.  Armenian Gampr numbers have plummeted dangerously over the last few centuries due to wars and genocide, the Soviets pillaging the gene pool, poverty, and loss of land.   To make matters worse, in the previous three decades, the gene pool has dwindled even more with the popularity of breeding fighting dogsfalse labeling, and widespread misinformation within the Gampr community. Most of the dogs labeled as Armenian Gampr are not.  Out of all the dogs posted to social media or seen in the villages of Armenia, very few are not mixed.  This situation was (and still is) dire, and the Club needed to act.  

For years, up until 2018, there were very few breeders AGCA recommended, and even then, only puppies from certain dogs.  Over time, the list of good breeders dwindled to just one.   AGCA has a strict policy of immediately severing ties with anyone caught fighting or actively breeding dogs intended for dog fighting. Unfortunately, all well-known breeders supplying puppies to the US are active dog fighters.  The only exception is Armen Khechoyan, a trusted breeder, who is working to change the hearts and minds of fellow Armenians to stop this barbaric sport.


In 2018, Club Founder Rohana Mayer traveled to Armenia to gather samples for the DNA Project and finalize this import path of procurement in person.  This included visiting dogs in isolated camps and villages with Armen & Irena Khechoyan and traveling with Tigran Grigoryan to visit other centers on other days.

The program aims to source true, natural landrace gamprs who will help balance and stabilize the gene pool to prevent the Armenian Gampr from going extinct due to overbreeding mixed fighting dogs.  Our goal is to help educate and spread awareness in Armenia and the US.   AGCA is not the seller of puppies but merely a facilitator between parties who support buyers safely import reliable, actual working Armenian Gampr dogs.


To increase the level of care of all dogs owned by each shepherd and to ensure that puppies remain in good health and are not mistreated, each person involved in this partnership must agree to certain specific and be held accountable. The Program has been successful and beneficial in many ways:

  • Allows US & Canadian buyers a safer route of importing a puppy

  • Saves puppies who would most likely otherwise be abandoned

  • Provides income for shepherds and incentive to breed correct dogs

  • Places true aboriginal Armenian Gamprs into potential future breeding homes to carry forth the genetics. The intent is for puppies in this Program to be imported to Approved Breeders.

  • Ensures proper nutrition to parents and puppies

  • Creates breed awareness at the source and grows the community of local Armenians who also want to become involved

  • Provides education, anthelmintic medication, and other anti-parasitics, and all vaccinations to dogs who would usually not receive them

  • Provides revenue for other individuals and businesses in Armenia

  • Increases cross-cultural relations between countries

Import Armenian Gampr LGD dogs to the USA and Canada puppies

Special import puppies in west Armenia, Fall 2020

Terms & Availability

how it works

Puppies in this Program are available to homesteads and farms in the US and Canada, direct from working parents who protect the sheep camps of Armenia and Artsakh. After a thorough, multipart investigation, the parents and puppies chosen for this project are deemed highly valuable SAF dogs and a crucial part of the efforts aimed at preserving the breed and balancing the current gene pool. 


Due to the dire situation of the gene pool and the rarity of true Gamprs, puppies are only available to AGCA and Armenian Gampr Coalition Members who wish to carry forth these genetics in a sound breeding program and who agree with and will adhere to the Code of Ethics.  Each puppy will also come with a contract (see below) before purchase.


At times, there may be one available for a nonbreeding or pet home if there are several available from the same lineage. AGCA reserves the right to decide which puppies will remain in the gene pool and who, if any, may be available to other homes, based on many factors.

As part of an in-depth agreement with the sourcing handlers, shepherds, and breeders in Armenia, each puppy will receive proper, regular deworming, medical documents, and a passport that lists full vaccinations, including rabies, and dates are given, arrive microchipped with an ISO international chip and a large crate that is yours to keep. 

To reserve a puppy from a shepherd, a deposit is sent via MoneyGram (USD to USD) or bank transfer to the handler in Armenia. The balance is sent about two weeks before the flight. If the puppy is within two weeks of the flight, the entire balance is sent at once. When sending MoneyGram, you only need the recipient's name and country of residence. The receipt showing the amount of money to be received, the recipient's name, and the pick-up number, along with a legal photo ID, must be sent to finalize the reservation and flight requirements. 

Puppies for sale in the USA, available to farm and ranch homes

Tigran Grigoryan and sourced import puppies

rare landrace breed armenian gampr working dogs in America

Armenian sheep, in a small village, Armavir Province


& arrival

Once puppies are old enough, they fly from Yerevan (EVN), fly to Doha, Qatar (DOH), and will board a connecting flight to one of the following cities where they must be processed in person by the owner, friend, or ground transporter:

  • Los Angeles

  • Houston

  • Dallas

  • Chicago

  • Boston

  • Washington DC

  • Atlanta (cargo temporarily on hold)

  • NYC

  • Miami

  • Montreal, Canada


After arriving at one of the above cities, puppies cannot board connect to an airport closer to you, as the pups must be picked up in person and cleared through customs.  Once the puppy has boarded in Doha, their progress can be monitored in real-time via an online live tracker.

At pick up, the cargo office will charge a customs fee that ranges from $80-$140, depending on the airport.  This is a US/CAN government fee not included in the price of the puppy.

Some airports require a broker to clear a puppy through customs but can be arranged when you get to your airport's cargo office. Brokers set their pricing and it could be a $185-400 fee depending on which company you choose. As of 2020, Chicago requires a broker for every puppy and at times so does Atlanta. One reliable broker in Chicago is $305, in Atlanta, it's $200.

Anyone living an extreme distance from one of the mentioned airports may be connected with a ground transport or a Club friend who  may be able to help with pick up or logistics. 

Shepherd sheep dog that protects livestock

Shepherd's son, Temur, with a 2020 import pup

puppies in Armenia selling to breeders in US

2021 import from Armen Khechoyan

Mississippi Armenian Gampr Breeders in the South

Kura in Armenia before traveling to her new farm in Mississippi

Get Started...

import a puppy

For more information about the Special Genetics Program, please email us

For current availability, see Available Imports.

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