The American Kennel Club recently welcomed three new dog breeds to its list of registered breeds! This recognition will enable the new breeds to compete in the more than 20,000 national events offered by the American Kennel Club and affiliated clubs.
Joining the 170 other registered breeds is no easy task. In order to be considered, there needs to be a specific number of dogs distributed throughout the United States, and there must be an established breed club for each breed to police them. The breed must first be accepted into the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service by submitting a written request, including photographs, breed standard descriptions and a breed history. If accepted, from there the breed will be allowed to compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years before being considered for full AKC registration.
So, it’s been a long, hard row for the three newest breeds. I know that you are dying to know which three breeds stand a chance at the coveted “Best in Show” at Westminster next year, so without further ado, here they are!
The American English Coonhound
You’ll recognize the Coonhound by its easy going gait, loud hound voice and typical “hunting dog” appearance. What you may not know is that this breed is more akin to a well-conditioned endurance athlete. They were originally derived from English Foxhounds, and were bred to hunt fox by day and raccoons by night. Their desire to please has them running down game tirelessly. American Coonhounds make wonderful family pets, but owing to their hunting heritage, they will require some form of daily exercise.
The Finnish Lapphund
This newly accepted breed originated as a helper of the Sami, a semi-nomadic tribe that inhabited northern Finland, Sweden and Russia. Its thick black double coat protected it from harsh weather, and it’s a good thing, because this breed was originally used by the Sami to herd reindeer north of the Arctic Circle. They are medium-sized dogs, ranging in size from 16 to 21 inches tall at the shoulder, and while you may not have heard of them (yet!), they remain quite popular as family pets in Scandinavia.
The Cesky Terrier
Resembling a short-legged Scottish Terrier, the Cesky Terrier was bred to hunt vermin, fox and badgers. It originated in the Czech Republic, where it is considered a national breed, and is popular enough to appear on the nation’s stamps! The Cesky Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog, ranging from 16 to 22 pounds and 10-13 inches at the shoulder. Its soft grey coat ranges in shade from dark grey to silver. The Cesky Terrier makes a wonderful family pet, proving to be loyal and both patient and gentle with children and adults alike.
While these new AKC breeds may be new to the judge’s block, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital diseases which may affect their breed. Protecting your best friends – whatever breed they may be – with a pet insurance provider that covers hereditary and chronic conditions as standard (like Petplan) can help make sure your star gets the treatment she deserves.