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Three New Loveable Breeds Join AKC Family




The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Six-Toed Norwegian Lundehund and the Ancient and Rare Xoloitzcuintli Gain Full AKC Recognition –

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1, to welcome the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Norwegian Lundehund and the Xoloitzcuintli –growing AKC’s family to 170 breeds.

“The AKC is delighted to introduce these three distinct breeds to the public,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Each loveable breed has a unique and diverse history and is a wonderful addition to the AKC.”

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog was bred to move cows from pasture to pasture in the Swiss Alps. The breed is medium-sized and prized for its agreeable nature, trainability, and devotion. Entles are an active, high energy and physical breed with above average exercise requirements, so they are best suited for active families and not the casual dog owner. Additional facts on this breed can be found on the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association’s website at:www.nemda.org

The Norwegian Lundehund is known for having six toes on each foot and the ability to tip its head backward until it touches its backbone. These unique characteristics enabled the Norwegian Lundehund to climb steep, rocky cliffs and navigate crevices where the Puffins, a bird they were bred to hunt, nested. Lundehunds make loyal and playful companions, but can be wary of strangers if not socialized. Additional facts on this breed can be found on the Norwegian Lundehund Association of America’s at: www.nlaainc.com

The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-etz-queent-lee) is one of the world’s rarest breeds and is still considered a “healer” in remote Mexican and Central American Villages today. The breed comes in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard; and two varieties: hairless and coated, which makes the Xolo ideal for those looking for a dog with more variety. They serve as an excellent companion for families due to their attentive and calm nature and require moderate exercise and grooming. Additional facts on this breed can be found on the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America’s website at:www.xoloitzcuintliclubofamerica.org

In addition, the AKC also welcomed the following breeds into the Miscellaneous Class: Bergamasco, Boerboels,Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Sloughis, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Pumi, Dogo Argentino and Wirehaired Vizsla.

For breeds to become AKC-registered, they must first be recorded with an accepted registry. The AKC Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) is the AKC’s recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. After a breed is entered into FSS the recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from a National Breed Club. While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years. More information on the process can be found at the AKC’sWeb site.

Canine Good Citizen


My family goes to the Mid-Atlantic Basenji club fun match every year and have the goodest time. We won best costume last year. My mommy was dressed as a queen bee and my sissy and I were bumblebees too. I even had a stinger on my butt.

There was this thing called the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and mommy put my sissy and me in it. There were 10 different excercises that we had to do to prove to the judge that we are good doggies. I passed all 10 with flying colors and the judge gave me a pretty green ribbon. All the people at the match clapped for me and mommy was proud as a peacock.

My sissy failed one section. Mommy put her in a sit stay and every time she would get 10 feet away from her sissy would get up to follow her. I think Kylie was a duckling in a past life since she follows mommy everywhere she goes. Mommy said that’s OK, she will work with sissy and she will pass next time.

Fine by me, that means I have the spotlight all to myself.

For more information on Canine Good Citizen testing check out http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm

Earthdog Title


Pippin Gilden won another title in Earthdog. Pipin and his handler Joanne are in the first row, third from the left. Great job! For more information about Earthdog trials check out http://www.akc.org/events/earthdog/index.cfm