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AKC Welcomes Two More Breeds To Its Ranks

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The American Kennel Club is growing, recognizing two more breeds as part of their roster. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen join the ranks, and they are the first breeds to break into the club roster since 2016.

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The recognition allows owners of both breeds to compete in dog shows this year, but they won’t be able to officially compete in the Westminster Kennel Club show until 2019.

The Nederlandse kooikerhondje (gesundheit!) may be a mouthful, but it dates back hundreds of years to beginnings in Holland. It is a smaller, white and brown dog, and resembles some spaniel-style dogs. If you want to be super cool you pronounce it NAY’-dehr-lahn-seh KOY’-kehr-hahnd-jeh.

D.Ann Knoop-Siderius is a breeder who says the pups are generally happy and very playful, with just the right amount of ‘sometimes naughty,’ thrown in for good measure! Her husband is Jac Knoop, and he is the president of the Kooikerhondje Club of the USA.

They were originally trained to attract ducts into canals that were covered with nets as hunting dogs, but they neared extinction during World War II. A baroness worked to bring them back into today’s presence, and there are about 7000 of the breed worldwide. They also make fabulous agility dogs.

Joining the Kooikerhondjes is the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. A mouthful as well, it is known by it’s abbreviated GBGV, and is a cousin, albeit smaller, to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.  The AKC has recognized the petit bassett griffon Vendeen for decades, as well as your good-old fashioned long-eared basset hound, but it’s a first for the bigger, grand cousin to come on the scene.

The GBGVs are speedy and cheerful dogs, but they are also known to be pretty laid0back as well. They are known to be successful in obedience and agility as they are people pleasers, but they also are just as content to hang with their owners and relax.

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To be recognized by the AKC, there has to be at least 300 dogs of the same breed that span at least 20 states. Pedigrees are built while clubs and breed standards grow, and then owners can petition for registration.

Welcome to the club, doggos!


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