AKC Recognizes 3 New Dog Breeds

by Dr. Chris

American Kennel Club

American Kennel Club

June 29, 2010 The American Kennel Club has just announced that they will recognize three new breeds of dogs. They are the Icelandic sheepdog, the Cane Corso, and the Leonberger. They will be added on Wednesday to the list of 164 dog breeds already registered.

AKC spokeswoman Christina Duffney said that as of Wednesday these three new dog breeds will be able to compete in shows and in any AKC activity.

In order for a breed to be officially recognized by the AKC there must be an official organization for that breed, which has standards for temperament, coat, and size.

Icelandic sheepdog

The Icelandic sheepdog originally arrived in the country of Iceland with the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago. This dog is a member of the Spitz family which also includes Chow Chows and the American Eskimo. They are great at herding cattle and sheep and are regarded as one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. For more information visit the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America at: www.icelanddogs.com


The Leonberger is a lion-maned dog named after the town of Leonberg, Germany. It has been around Germany since the early 1800's and its long fur has made it very popular with German artists who often use this breed as a model. Despite their large size, they're apparently great family dogs. They are also very athletic and have been used as water rescue dogs and have been trained to jump out of helicopters. For more information visit The Leonberger Club of America at: www.leonbergerclubofamerica.com

Cane Corso

The Cane Corso is a native of Italy, and is a breed that was nearly extinct until a group of breeders brought it back in the 1980s. As a member of the mastiff family it's a very strong dog and has been used for hunting for a has also fought alongside soldiers as well. For more information visit the Cane Corso Association of America at: www.canecorso.org

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Wow.. Of these three breeds the one that appealed me a lot is the Leonberger. It looks so similar to the Tibetan Mastiff only that the later has so much fur on their face and head. Cane Corso looks so ferocious and I don’t think it would be wide to pet him as a home guard. ICD 10 Codes

Recognised breeds are man-made.
by: Anonymous

DB god didn't create any breed of dog. Man created them. Man is also messing them up. Some breeds are flawed by design.

AKC is a joke
by: DB

Such wonderful dogs and because the AKC does NOTHING to help breeds these dogs will be ruined. Did you know that Pomeranians used to be medium sized dogs? That English bulldogs did not always have breathing problems? List goes on and on. Breeders say they are improving the breed. Whats wrong with the way God created them. They are so pompous they think they can improve what God created. All for money....

Three more breeds about to ruined!
by: Bob W

Three more breeds about to be tainted, and likely even ruined should one of these breeds ever win Best of Show at Westminster.
It is truly sad to see any breed recognized by the damned AKC; especially a working breed, that will now be bred by some AKC members to suit their asinine quest for a "prettier" dog for "Show purposes", with absolutely no regard being given for retaining the qualities and traits that made that breed special or unique.
The canine world would truly be a far better place if the AKC, and its pompous, sanctimonious,
hierarchy, did not exist!

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