AKC Recognizes 3 New Dog Breeds
by Dr. Chris
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.
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
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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