NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The American Kennel Club announced it is formally recognizing four new breeds, including the Spanish water dog, bringing the total number of breeds to 184.
The organization said the four new breeds -- Spanish water dog, cirneco dell'etna, bergamasco and boerboel -- meet the AKC's requirements of having "a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders."
"The AKC is thrilled to recognize these four very unique breeds," AKC spokeswoman Gina DiNardo said.
Courtesy AKC/REUTERS Spanish Water Dogs, a herding dog with a curly coat, bred as a multi-purpose farm dog and used for herding, hunting and assisting fisherman, was recognized by the American Kennel Club. Courtesy AKC/REUTERS The Cirneco dell'Etna, a short-haired hunting dog from Italy was added to the American Kennel Club.
(Reuters) - The American Kennel Club has recognized four more dog breeds, including a Spanish fishing dog and a South African guard dog, in a move allowing them to compete in prestigious canine competitions nationwide.
The Spanish Water Dog, the Cirneco dell'Etna, the Bergamasco, and the Boerboel have gained full club recognition and will be eligible to compete in its events starting Jan.
The announcement came on Wednesday that the Spanish water dog (a farm and fishing dog), the Bergamasco (an Italian sheepdog with a matted coat), the Boerboel (a South African watchdog), and the Cirneco dell’Etna (a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed) will now be eligible to compete in any AKC-sanctioned dog show.
Criteria includes having several hundred of the dog breed nationwide.
In this undated photo provided by the American Kennel Club, three Spanish water dogs sit in the sand near tall grass. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 the organization announced that the Spanish water dog will be recognized as a new ... more >
The American Kennel Club has opened its doors to four new breeds — the Cirneco dell’Etna, the Bergamasco, the Spanish water dog and the Boerboel.
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Registration is open for dog/owner teams for the next six-week block of AKC Canine Good Citizen classes starting Sept. 2 and S.T.A.R. Puppy classes beginning Sept. 8 at 507 W. 47th St.
Canine Good Citizen class teaches basic obedience and good manners and is open to mix breeds and purebred dogs.