American Kennel Club Adds Two New Breeds to Its Ranks
Welcome to the club! Two new breeds – the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi – join the ranks of the world-renown AKC registry.
With a pedigree that dates back to 1884, the American Kennel Club (AKC) certainly leads the pack when it comes to exacting membership standards. And when the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs gives you the nod that says you’ve been accepted into their exclusive circle, its cause for celebration!
From the onset, you need to have credentials. To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the US, as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.
While the AKC is currently affiliated with more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and organizations, it’s not just about picking out new recruits for the coveted registry; AKC also advocates for the advancement of canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.
But let’s get back to the most recent additions to the registry. Let’s take a closer look at the two highly unique pooches that just brought the AKC’s roster to 189: the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi Hound.
- The American Hairless Terrier joins the AKC’s “Terrier” group. Back in the day, this small- to-medium-sized dog was bred to hunt rats and other vermin but today the energetic little breed excels in many sports. This beautiful boy can be found in both a hairless and coated variety and is well known for typically generating fewer allergic reactions than other breeds – making them a great fit for allergy sufferers. This dog is described as energetic, alert, curious and intelligent.
- Joining the AKC’s “Hound” group is the Sloughi. This striking canine is a medium-sized, smooth coated, athletic sight hound which is coveted in North Africa for its hunting skills, speed, agility and endurance over long distances. An ancient breed, he is described as noble and somewhat reserved, with a gentle, melancholy expression. He is a perfect fit for an active family that can leash walk him daily and offer him a large fenced yard to run off some of his energy.