Tuesday, January 12, 2016

AKC welcomes two new dog breeds into the fold for 2016

Each year, the AKC recognizes new dog breeds for inclusion in the organization. Joining the existing 187 breeds are two more: the American hairless terrier, and a breed developed in North Africa – the sloughi (pronounced SLOO-ghee).

Originally bred to hunt vermin, the American hairless terrier is small and moderately active, and as you guessed it, hairless (or at least bears a very short coat). For that reason they need minimal grooming and are said to be ideal for those with allergies.
Flickr photo of an American hairless terrier by Mace Ojala

Excelling in events like agility and obedience, this breed typically stands 12" to 16" at the shoulder. With an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years they do very well in apartment and city living. 

The sloughi, also known as the Arabian greyhound, is a graceful breed. Medium to large in size (26 to 29 inches at the withers for males and 24 to 27 inches for females), they were first used to hunt game: wild pigs, gazelle and jackal specifically. They're fast, agile and though considered sight hounds they have tremendous endurance. This is all important to remember because their natural tendency is to chase things, so care should be taken while off-lead.

The breed can be somewhat aloof and quiet, despite being very driven and focused during games and such. 

“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” noted AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said. 

“Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family."

Though they're not able to participate in the year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which is held February 15-16, 2016, the two new breeds are able to compete in their respective AKC breed group events as of January 1.

Click here to go to to the AKC website for more information on these and other recognized breeds.

Lorrie Shaw is a freelance writer and owner of Professional Pet Sitting. Shoot her an email, contact her at 734-904-7279 or follow her adventures on Twitter.

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