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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.

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SALESOUT NARCH EUO 3TPCourtesy 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. SALESOUT NARCH EUO 3TPCourtesy AKC/REUTERS The Cirneco dell'Etna, a short-haired hunting dog from Italy was added to the American Kennel Club.

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(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.

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Four new dogs have been declared “recognized breeds” by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

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.

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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 AKC breed in 2015. (AP Photo/American Kennel Club)

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.

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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.

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The American Kennel Club in no way, shape or form controls the quality of the purebred dogs it registers. It is a stud registry only, tracking the bloodlines of registered dogs, on paper.

There is a standard, written by the AKC for each breed, but there's no way for the AKC to know if the puppy being registered actually conforms to that standard.

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Good news for all of you dog enthusiasts - the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced that two new dog breeds have joined its pack.

The organization officially recognized the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla, bumping the total number of dog breeds in its family up to 180.

"The AKC is excited to recognize these friendly, outgoing breeds, giving dog lovers everywhere even more choices to fit their lifestyle," said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo in a statement.

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Good news for all of you dog enthusiasts - the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced that two new dog breeds have joined its pack.

The organization officially recognized the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla, bumping the total number of dog breeds in its family up to 180.

"The AKC is excited to recognize these friendly, outgoing breeds, giving dog lovers everywhere even more choices to fit their lifestyle," said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo in a statement.

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I was at a dog obedience training seminar about thirty years ago that was presented by Milo Pearsall, an American Kennel Club obedience trial judge who also was a well known trainer and author.

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This weekly column about dog training publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today. Read more columns here.

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