The AKC Pack is Expanding Again!

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announces the full recognition of the Berger Picard, Lagotto Romagnolo and the Miniature American Shepherd. This raises AKC’s total recognized breeds to 187.

“We’re thrilled to welcome such a great selection of dogs to the AKC family,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Each of these breeds is unique and will make wonderful companions to a variety of people. We urge potential dog owners to visit and learn about all 187 breeds to determine the right dog for their lifestyle.”

Hailing from France, the Berger Picard joins the Herding group. This breed’s name always makes me think of Captain Picard in one of the Star Trek series. The Berger Picard is a medium-sized, athletic dog that was bred to be a working companion. This good-natured, loyal breed has a great deal of stamina and drive, requiring daily exercise and mental stimulation. These dogs need weekly brushing and occasional bathing. For more information, visit the official AKC parent club, Berger Picard Club of America.

LagottoThe Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy and joins the Sporting group. This breed is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is a high energy dog that loves to retrieve, swim, and play, needing daily exercise. The breed is intelligent, affectionate, and good with children. For more information, check out Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America.

MiniatureAmericanShepherdA small herding dog, the Miniature American Shepherd also joins the Herding group and was developed in the United States. These dogs are very athletic and energetic. They are eager to please, devoted, good-natured, and intelligent. While they only need weekly brushing, their full coat does shed several times a year. For more information, visit the MAS Club of the USA.

All three breeds will be eligible to compete in AKC events beginning July 1, 2015. To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®).

Which one do you like the best? I’m kind of partial to the Mini Shepherd.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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