The American Kennel Club Recognises 4 New Dog Breeds

25 Dec 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag News

In a move to allow dogs to participate and compete in a prestigious canine competitions worldwide, The American Kennel club has recognised four more dog breeds in its list, taking the total number of recognised breeds to 184. The AKC, which started in 1884 with 9 breeds, adds new breeds to its list once the breed meets certain requirements defined by the Club.

The four breeds now recognised by the American Kennel Club are The Spanish Water Dog, The Cirneco dell’Etna, The Bergamasco and The Boerboel, hereby allowing them to be eligible to compete in the events starting January 1, 2015. However, the newly recognised breeds must wait until 2016 to compete in the popular Westminster Kennel Club, a member of the AKC, show. 

About the breeds that have been recognised:

  • The Spanish Water Dog

    - It is a herding dog with a curly coat. The Spanish Water dog is being bred as a multi purpose farm dog and is used for herding, hunting and assisting fishermen.

Spanish water dog

  • The Cirneco dell’Etna

    - It is a short haired hunter dog from Italy.


  • The Bergamasco

    - The Bergamasaco is also from Italy and is a herding dog with a unique coat made of long mats.


  • The Boerboel

    - The Boerboel is a large agile mastiff-like breed that is being used as a farm and guard dog. The Boerboel belongs to South Africa.


Source: Reuters

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