January 24, 2018

2 dog breeds added to American Kennel Club Roster

13 January 2018, 05:11 | Henrietta Morgan

AKC Recognizes 2 More Breeds

Dog meet dog: American Kennel Club adds 2 breeds to roster

To become eligible for AKC recognition, the kennel club requires a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed nationwide in the United States and a breed club of responsible owners and breeders.

The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen were introduced at the club's headquarters in NY, and joined the world's largest purebred dog registry that now recognizes 192 breeds. The additions are the first for the AKC since 2016. The dog originated in Europe around the 14th century and was a favorite of Dutch nobility, often seen in the paintings of the Dutch Masters.

"They're actually like a toddler that never grows up", she said, adding "they're very playful dogs".

Kooikerhondjes were trained to help hunters attract ducks into net-covered canals.

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There are now about 7,000 worldwide and roughly 500 in the US, and they're well-suited to agility and other canine sports, said Knoop-Siderius, who is based in Ogden, Illinois. And they almost went extinct during World War II before efforts were made to bring them back.

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV)-pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn-joins the Hound Group. A smaller cousin, the petit basset griffon Vendeen, and the long-eared basset hound have been recognized by the AKC for decades. They're a spirited bunch that will keep you entertained.

Both breeds have received the full recognition of the AKC, which now has 192 recognized breeds, according to the AKC website.

GBGVs are known for their speed, stamina and cheerful nature, but owner Megan Esherick finds them to be "a pretty laid-back breed".

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For a breed to be added, there must be at least 300 of them in the 20 or more states.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen named Juno, a new breed recognised by the American Kennel Club, stands during a meet the breeds event at the American Kennel Club offices in Manhattan, New York January 11, 2018.

Dog lovers on Twitter were ready for the new breeds.

The AKC admits that shelter dogs do need homes. The club notes that mixed-breed dogs compete in many events it sanctions, such as agility and obedience contests.

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