AKC Welcomes Two New Breeds

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It's that time of year when one of the most exclusive dog clubs in the United States invites new breeds into their company. According to Time, the American Kennel Club added two new breeds: the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and the Chinook.

"The AKC is thrilled to add these lively and energetic breeds to the registry giving dog lovers even more breeds to choose from," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active."

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is joining the hound group, while the Chinook will become a part of the working group.

The Chinook is the official state dog of New Hampshire, and is most commonly owned in New England. They are popularly known as a rare breed of sled dog. They have a tawny coat and weigh around 70 pounds.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is the tiniest of the Portuguese Podengo breed, hence "pequeno," which translates to "small." They are known to have smooth or wire-haired coats and bony, upright ears.

In addition, the Lagotto Romangnolo and Berger Picard joined the AKC in the miscellaneous class. In total, the AKC has 177 breeds in membership.

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Brenda Dean

WOW! what a bunch of uniformed snobs. All dog breeds are a mix of several breeds. By the standards of these bloggers , the Weimaraner is nothing but a mixed breed hound.

January 15 2013 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well like someone has already said the pictures areNOT A PORTUGUESE PODENGO PEQUENO. Can't these idiots get even a picture right. And AKC should recognize all international breeds that have been around for ever. Not a made up dog that looks like a mutt. AKC has gone against it's own code of ethics and mission statement. They are to promote and guard the PUREBRED DOG!!! If they would stop the FSS BS and let all purebred breeds in and go to the FCI way of judging the probably would make more $$ and that's all they are concerned about anyway.

January 15 2013 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Opinion lady

It's just funny. They are "old" breeds, but they are nothing ore than mixes!! Like the beaucheron getting a lucky shake. The AKC is a totally joke.

January 15 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The photo at top is not a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno; it is a Portuguese Podengo (Medio/Grande), which is still in Foundation Stock Service. In FCI, the Podengo is one breed with 6 varieties, wire/smooth, pequeno/medio/grande.
equeno/medio/grande. In AKC, they are 2 breeds: OPeququeno

January 15 2013 at 5:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not terribly impressed... New breeds? They won't accept the blue Weimaraner, since they ruled it an aberrant color in 1976 (and it was the most common until that time) in various shades of silvery blue to charcoal gray, and yet they allow them to be bred with the fawn colors, which they call gray and silver gray, because the blue typically has better breed conformation and size. They'll allow every color and shape of Cocker Spaniel, and these breeds that are mongrel mixes, so I am not impressed with a few "new" breeds.

January 14 2013 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The AKC does NOT recognize "mongrel mixes." If you have a mix, and you have the money to pay for it, you can get a limited license that allows you to participate in sporting events, such as agility and obedience, but they do not register these dogs or allow them to participate in conformation shows.

Blue Weimaraners are still accepted for registration with AKC if both parents are registered. Because the color is a disqualification they cannot compete in conformation, but may still participate in agility, obedience, field trials, hunt tests, and tracking.

They also don't allow merle cockers in conformation, and the shape of the dog must adhere to the written standard. If it doesn't, the dog is disqualified.

The two newly recognized breeds are actually quite old breeds. So are the breeds that have been accepted into the miscellaneous class. Three of them are quite ancient, as a matter of fact....centuries older than your Weimaraners. In fact, the Berger Picard first arrived in France sometime in the 9th century.

January 14 2013 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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