Thinking of getting your sweetie a puppy this Valentine’s Day? If you want something beyond the ubiquitous Yorkie or Golden Retriever, you’re in luck! The AKC has just welcomed three new dog breeds into their official registry, which will no doubt make them surge in popularity.
What are these new pooches? Are they good for kids? Will they fetch the remote?
Keep reading for more details.
Sorry, Old Yeller, make way for three newly AKC anointed dog breeds: the Entlebucher Mountain Dog, the Norwegian Lundehund and the Xoloitzcuintli.
Now that’s a mouthful!
According to The Globe and Mail:
Getting a breed officially recognized isn’t easy. Since starting in 1884 with nine recognized breeds, the American Kennel Club’s list has gradually grown to 170.
Breeders, owners and experts must first create their own club to promote a specific canine before they can apply for recognition with the American Kennel Club.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Norwegian Lundehund and the Xoloitzcuintli are already recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, which has 175 officially registered breeds.
Let’s meet the pooches!
This small mountain dog, originating from Entlebuch, Switzerland, was bred to herd cattle on mountain pastures. The first record of the name “Entlebucherhund” dates back to 1889.
According to the U.S. National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association, the breed is intelligent and highly active. It’s prized for its agreeable nature and ease of training.
Entlebuchers grow up to about 53 centimetres in height, and are tri-coloured. Their coats are mostly black, with white and yellow to rusty-brown markings.
This unusual breed is known for having six toes on each foot and extra vertebrae in its neck that allow it to bend backward and touch its spine with its forehead.
These distinct features allowed the breed to hunt for puffins on rocky coastal cliffs.
Norwegian Lundehunds grow to about 38 centimetres in height and are reddish brown with white markings. They are considered loyal, energetic and playful companions, but can be wary of strangers.
This ancient Mexican breed is considered one of the rarest breeds in the world. It comes in three sizes – toy (less than 35 centimetres high), miniature (up to about 46 centimetres high) and standard (up to 58 centimetres high) – and two varieties, hairless and coated.
The hairless variety may have a tuft of short, coarse hair on the head and nape, as well as on the feet and tail. The coated variety has short, dense hair that may be black, grey, red, liver, bronze or golden yellow. The Xolo is highly regarded for its elegant and graceful outline, and its calm demeanour.
Which one do you like best?