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Tri-colour Armant
Other namesEgyptian Sheepdog
Foundation stockBriard
Height Approx 56 cm (22 in)[1]
Weight 23–27 kg (51–60 lb)[1]
Coat Long, shaggy & rough[1]
Colour Black, black & tan, tri-colour, grey and greyish yellow[1]
Kennel club standards
Egyptian Kennel Fédération standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Armant (also known as the Egyptian Sheepdog or Ermenti) is a breed of herding dog from Egypt. It is believed the Armant descends from Briards brought to Egypt by Napoleon's armies,[note 1] these dogs were likely crossed with local dogs to produce the first examples of the breed.[2][3][4] The Armant is named after the town of Armant in Egypt, the supposed place of origin of the breed, the breed is not very well known but is used extensively within Egypt as both a herding dog and a guard dog.[5]


The Armant is a medium-sized dog, typically weighing between 50 and 65 pounds and standing at around 21 to 23 inches tall. It has a black and light-brown colored coat, and erect ears. It shares some physical qualities to the Newfoundland and the Bearded Collie.[6]


  1. ^ The Briard is reputed to have accompanied Napoleon's armies, driving flocks of sheep for the army's quartermasters.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Wilcox, Bonnie; Walkowicz, Chris (1995). Atlas of dog breeds of the world. Neptune City, N.J.: TFH Publications. p. 131.
  2. ^ a b Hancock, David (2014). Dogs of the shepherds: a review of the pastoral breeds. Ramsbury, Wiltshire: The Crowood Press Ltd. p. 95. ISBN 978-1-84797-808-0.
  3. ^ Alderton, David (1984). The dog:the most complete, illustrated, practical guide to dogs and their world. London: Quill Publishing Ltd. p. 55. ISBN 0-89009-786-0.
  4. ^ Acton, C.R. (1952). The dog owner's handbook. London: Herbert Jenkins. p. 18.
  5. ^ Davis, Henry P. (1970). The new dog encyclopedia. Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books. p. 201.
  6. ^ "Egyptian Armant Herding Dog" (PDF). ekf. Retrieved 15 August 2021.