Breeds You Don’t See Everyday

Last week, I featured the new breeds being shown at this week’s AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin. There are also dogs being shown who have not yet been placed in one of the traditional seven breed groups (Toy, Terrier, Working, Sporting, Non-Sporting, Herding, and Hound). These dogs are in a group known as the Miscellaneous Group.

When a new breed of dog is developed, breeders can have their dogs registered through the AKC in the Foundation Stock Service, which allows the tracking of parentage. It is the first step toward becoming a recognized breed. These dogs are not permitted to compete in shows.

The second step is having the breed moved to the miscellaneous class. This allows dogs to compete, although they are not yet placed in the stud book as a fully recognized breed. The dogs who will be competing in the miscellaneous class this year are:

Azawakh, an African sighthound  Credit:  AKC.org
Azawakh, an African sighthound
Credit: AKC.org
 Belgian Laekenois, a herding dog from Belgium Credit:  AKC.org

Belgian Laekenois, a herding dog from Belgium
Credit: AKC.org
 Dogo Argentino, a big game hunter from ArgentinaCredit:  AKC.org

Dogo Argentino, a big game hunter from Argentina
Credit: AKC.org
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (who knew they weren't in the stud book yet?), a French scent hound, big brother to the PBGVCredit:  AKC.org
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens (who knew they weren’t in the stud book yet?), a French scent hound, big brother to the PBGV
Credit: AKC.org
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, a Dutch sporting dogCredit:  AKC.org
Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, a Dutch sporting dog
Credit: AKC.org
Norrbottenspets, a Nordic Spitz-type houndCredit:  AKC.org
Norrbottenspets, a Nordic Spitz-type hound
Credit: AKC.org
Portuguese Podengo (Only the Pequeno or small variety is currently recognized.  The medio and grande varieties remain in the Miscellaneous class.) The Podengo is a pack hunter from Portugal.Credit:  AKC.org
Portuguese Podengo (Only the Pequeno or small variey is currently recognized. The medio and grande varieties remain in the Miscellaneous class.) The Podengo is a pack hunter from Portugal.
Credit: AKC.org
The only dog in the Miscellaneous class not being shown this weekend is the Peruvian Inca Orchid, a hairless sight hound from Peru.Credit:  AKC.org
The only dog in the Miscellaneous class not being shown this weekend is the Peruvian Inca Orchid, a hairless sight hound from Peru.
Credit: AKC.org

And now you know.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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