American Kennel Club Welcomes Three New Dog BreedsJune 30th, 2010 - 10:12 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
June 30 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The American Kennel Club has announced the recognition of three new dog breeds which will now be allowed to compete in the new AKC sanctioned breed dog competitions which are held in the United States at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Although these breeds are very new to the AKC, however, they have actually been around for hundred of years. The Icelandic Sheepdog, the lion maned Leonberger, and the Cane Corso will be added today(Wednesday) to the 164 dog breeds who already compete in the AKC dog show, and will be allowed to compete in the next competition which will be held in February.
The Icelandic sheepdog was brought to Iceland by the Vikings over 1000 years ago, when they settled the land there. It is a member of the spitz family, which also includes the well known chow chow and American Eskimo dogs. This breed was mainly used to herd cattle, sheep, and horses. It is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds.
The lion maned Leonberger has been part of the country if Germany’s cultures every since the 1800’s and was named for Leonberg Germany, it’s hometown. They are huge cuddly “teddy bears” who are great for children and families.
And the Cane Corso, which is the rarest of the three. This dog was almost extinct until breeders brought them back in the 1980’s. The Cane Corso is a member of the mastiff family, and was once known in Italy as a fierce hunter and for fighting by the sides of soldiers. The dog is not overly fierce now, however, and is known to become very attached to family, is easily trained and is very intelligent.
On order for a dog to become recognized by the AKC, it takes years of studying the breed until they can recognize AKC standards such as coat, breed and temperament. This can help families when they choose a pet, to be able to look for characteristics which will make the breed fit best with their family. Those with kids will want gentler breeds, while those who have no small kids and may be looking for protection may choose a dog with a slightly more aggressive nature.
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