SPECIAL GENETICS PROGRAM
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.
CANADIAN RESIDENTS CAN IMPORT.
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 dogs, false 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
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.
Tigran Grigoryan and sourced import puppies
Armenian sheep, in a small village, Armavir Province
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:
Atlanta (cargo temporarily on hold)
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's son, Temur, with a 2020 import pup
2021 import from Armen Khechoyan
Kura in Armenia before traveling to her new farm in Mississippi
import a puppy
For more information about the Special Genetics Program, please email us.
For current availability, see Available Imports.