Meet the 2 New Dog Breeds the AKC Just Recognized

The American Kennel Club has 192 recognized dog breeds on its roster — and the organization just added two of those in 2018. Find out which breeds the AKC added for 2018 (pages 5 and 6), and maybe even look into getting a cute puppy of your own. But first, check out some other recent AKC breed additions.

2016: American hairless terrier

American Hairless Terrier on grass
The American hairless terrier made the list in 2016. | lenanet/iStock/Getty Images

The last time the AKC added breeds before 2018 was in 2016, according to its website. That’s when the American hairless terrier made the list. The first hairless dog breed to originate in the U.S., the American hairless terrier has been around since the 1970, when someone found a hairless put in a litter of rat terriers. The dog gave birth to another hairless pup — and the breed was literally born. Here are some of the American hairless terrier’s characteristics:

  • Playful
  • Lively
  • Inquisitive
  • Loving
  • Alert

Next: More from 2016

2016: Sloughi

Sloughi greyhound in enjoys the sand dunes in Morocco.
The Sloughi also made the list. | RosaFrei/iStock/Getty Images

The AKC also recognized the ancient Sloughi breed — pronounced “SLOO-ghee” — in 2016. It’s a member of the Hound Group. Sometimes called Arabian greyhounds, these dogs came to the U.S. from the Mediterranean basin in 1979, and they make wonderful pets. Some of their traits include:

  • Graceful
  • Gentle
  • Noble
  • Sensitive
  • Reserved with strangers

Next: The last of 2016

2016: Pumi

Hungarian sheepdog of breed Pumi.
The adorable Pumi was also recognized in 2016. | LottaVess/iStock/Getty Images

The last breed the AKC recognized in 2016 was the Pumi, a hardworking dog with an absolutely adorable face and corkscrew curls. Small and nimble, this dog was bred originally to herd sheep in Hungary. Although for years the AKC considered this breed a regional variant of the Puli, it became its own breed in the early 20th century. Pumis are known for having these characteristics:

  • Protective
  • Smart
  • Active
  • Protective
  • Vocal

Next: New for 2018

2018: Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
This year the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje was added. | Burner83/Wikimedia Commons

The AKC recognized the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje — pronounced Netherlands-e Coy-ker-hond-tsje — in 2018. A spaniel-type canine that originated in Europe hundreds of years a duck hunter, the Kooiker joined the AKC’s Sporting Group.

Dutch nobility loved this breed, according to the AKC. They do need a fairly high level of physical and mental activity to remain happy, and their coats require a weekly brushing. Here are some traits that have endeared this breed to Americans — and the AKC:

  • Agile
  • Benevolent
  • Active
  • Hard-working
  • Intelligent

Next: New for 2018, part deux

2018: Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
This French hunting dog was added to the official breeds list in 2018, as well. | Томасина/Wikimedia Commons

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen — pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn — was originally bred in France to hunt rabbits. The GBGV’s stamina and speed is legendary in the dog world, and the breed has joined the AKC’s Hound Group.

If you like this breed, keep in mind these dogs require daily, strenuous exercise and a weekly brushing to keep their coats from matting. GBGVs get along just fine with other dogs — they are friendly pack hounds. Some other great GBGV characteristics include:

  • Well-mannered
  • Courageous
  • Laidback
  • Smart

Next: Tough standards for recognition

How the AKC recognizes breeds

French Bulldog puppy Louis
There must be a written request for a breed. | Don Emmert/Getty Images

It’s not easy to be recognized by the American Kennel Club, according to the organization’s website. First, you must send in a written request, which must include a history of the breed and a description of the breed standard. And you must accompany your request with photographs. The Staff Executive Committee reviews all application and decides whether the answer is yea or nay. You must also make sure the breed has:

  • A national following — at least 100 households must own one
  • A U.S. population of at least 300 to 400 dogs, plus a three-generation pedigree
  • Locations in 20 or more states

Next: You probably don’t know this about the AKC.

Fun facts about the AKC

The American Kennel Club Reveals The Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2016
It does a lot to help canines. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

How much do you know about the AKC? Hint: It’s not just an organization dedicated to show dogs. Here are some facts to get you up to speed:

  • The AKC Canine Health Foundation is the largest purebred dog registry in the world, founded in 1884.
  • The AKC is a charitable organization that raises money to support research in the hopes of enabling dogs to live longer, healthier lives.
  • The AKC has allocated spent more than $24 million in health research funds to study top canine diseases, including, including cancer, epilepsy, allergies, heart disease, thyroid disease, hip dysplasia, cataracts, and more.
  • Research funded by the AKC had made genetic tests available that have helped breeders make informed, ethical decisions.

Read more: You’ll Never Guess Which Popular Dog Breeds Have Never Won Best in Show

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