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The World Has Welcomed Two New Dog Breeds

Dog news doesn’t get much bigger than this. The American Kennel Club has announced it’s adding two new names to its recognised breeds list--bringing the total count to 195. The first new dog breed is a water dog with a soft, curly coat from France called the barbet (pronounced “bar-bay”). The AKC describe this sporting dog as loyal, smart, and friendly. Adding it “loves to be near its owners.”

The second addition is the perfectly named dogo Argentino. Not surprisingly, this working dog hails from Argentina and was bred to hunt large animals like boars and mountain lions. The AKC report they’re “confident, courageous, loyal, and affectionate with their family.”

While the barbet is a good option for a family dog, dogos require a lot of exercise, have “strong guarding instincts,” and can be territorial. Therefore, they’re better suited to owners with more dog experience.

If you’re wondering how one gets a new dog breed on that coveted list, it’s not a simple task. To be recognised as an official breed, the AKC dictates there needs to be a registered national club with over 100 members and the breed must found in at least 20 US states.

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Written by Wendy Syfret
Wendy is Head of Media at Scratch. Which is a good fit, because she's never met a dog she didn't like. Although she has a special place in her heart for muts: three legs, one eye, missing fur, bit of a weird walk? The scruffier the better. Her favourite dog in the whole world though is her terrier-mix Stevie.