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Thu, Dec 4 | By Amy Lieberman | 488

NEW YORK -- The American Kennel Club will open its exclusive doors to three new recognized dog breeds after the New Year. The Irish Red and White Setter, the Pyrenean Shepherd and the Norwegian Buhund will officially join the world's lar… more ›

3 New Breeds Enter American Kennel Club Ranks
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Julie
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Julie
5 years ago

I don't look at whether or not a dog is purebred or akc certified.
I look at the animal itself

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Roxanne P.
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Roxanne P.
5 years ago

its good to see new breeds recognized.

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

Interesting...I normally don't follow the AKC.

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Jenn E.
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Jenn E.
5 years ago

Good for these breeds!!

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Lisa A.
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Lisa A.
5 years ago

Nice to see new breeds enter this and be recognized.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Interesting!

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Michele C.
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Michele C.
5 years ago

I am always interested to see the new "accepted" breeds. I especially like hearing the stories of where an when they first appeared.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

I didn't realize that some of the European countries required registration to ship purebred dogs there, so, from that standpoint, I can understand wanting your breed to be AKC recognized. However, there's a chance that these new breeds are just going to become pretty, dumb dogs who do well in the show ring rather than having any of the personality characteristics that the breed was initially created for.

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

Boy, I hate to see all this interbreeding going on just to come up with a new "pure bred". Shelter animals are the best. I had a beautiful dog for seventeen years that was from one.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Just what we need. Three more "pure bred" breeds to add to puppy mills inventory.

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MisterUn
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MisterUn
5 years ago

I will never understand the thrill people get from having a pure bred dog. Shelter dogs are just as loyal, loving, and smart.

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Britta M.
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Britta M.
5 years ago

I'm not much a fan of the way AKC handles these things. While I understand that you want to keep the breed going, there are just too many problems with most of the purebred dogs.

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Ozarkerjoe
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Ozarkerjoe
5 years ago

Just what this world doesn't need, more money makers for the too-often irresponsible breeders....more 'plain janes & johns' ending up homeless in shelters.

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Cathy J.
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Cathy J.
5 years ago

I guess this is fine for the people who care, but I get a dog because I want a loving companion, not a showpiece. I think mixed breeds are much more interesting and fun.

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Nicole P.
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Nicole P.
5 years ago

500,000 for a dog! Shleter adoption is the way to go...or get a pup from a resuce group if you need to have a pure bred dog.

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Angie
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Angie
5 years ago

I agree!

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
5 years ago

I know it is a big deal - just don't care.

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Helena P.
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Helena P.
5 years ago

Just call me old fashioned but I like my plain old mutts, lol.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Cool.

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359doran
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359doran
5 years ago

Hummmm....

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KCsMom
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KCsMom
5 years ago

don't forget that these purebreds are not competing in the AKC ring for which one is better than the other....they are competing against the breed standards...
which dog best exemplifies the breed standard...and there are people out there who tirelessly work toward reaching the breed standard in their dogs...it's not a beauty pagent or talent show!! If we did not work so hard to maintain these individual breeds what would we end up with....? just thinkin on the subject...

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KCsMom
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KCsMom
5 years ago

i'm torn on the AKC also...my pup is a purebred and she is registered with them...tho i agree with D.W.'s comment....they are a business!!

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
5 years ago

AKC paperwork is as good as toilet paper as far as I'm concerned. The AKC fights efforts of individual states to regulate breeders to stop the puppy mills. It also gets alot of money because those puppy mills produce "AKC papered dogs and people pay them the register fee for family pets which doesnt mean anything. I wish the AKC would get their minds right about regulation of breeding facilities. Reputable breeders have no problem with regulation because they are treating their animals well and not abusing animals to produce a cash crop of puppies. I don't care about the new breeds, I worry about the thousands of breeding dogs in substandard puppy mill situations and the AKC protects those breeders.

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

I agree with you on all counts. It's all well and good to have breed standards, but what is the point if you register every puppy mill dog with horrible genetic defects and all its offspring? The only time quality matters is for those in the show ring, and I bet a lot of dogs in there have issues they shouldn't be passing down. I am all for responsible breeders who want to improve the breed, but they are a minority. Just glad to hear that designer dogs can't become a breed. Ugh.

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Nita C.
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Nita C.
5 years ago

While I am not in favor of the "beauty pagent" aspect of the AKC shows, I have been impressed with their recent efforts to address more pertinent sides of each of these breeds. They have really been progressive in also featuring dogs and handlers/owners who have done special acts in their communities and throughout the world. For any of you who have ever worked at one of their events (my business takes me to them as a product vendor) the most offensive thing isn't the boutique breeding, it is the behavior of many of the owners. The language and cut-throat angling that goes on behind the scenes is appalling. I greatly prefer to work at Pet Expos, and those type of events, and they are more profitable for me as well. The folks that attend those are there because of their personal relationship with their pets, not to prove that "their breed" is better than another.

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
6 years ago

Wonderful. But I never watch the dog competition on TV. Gives me the heebie jeebies.

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Jennifer S.
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Jennifer S.
6 years ago

Maybe it is just me, but I don't understand why people make such a big deal about one breed of dog over another. All dogs are wonderful and deserve love. Why should one breed have a higher value than another? $500,000 for one dog? You have to be kidding me, right? We are talking about a living animal for crying out loud. You aren't supposed to just collect them like a car or something. Think of how many animals could have good homes and be taken care of for that amount of money. I'm sorry, but I think that is ridiculous.

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Mcfalls97
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Mcfalls97
5 years ago

A half-mil for a dog is more than a little excessive. It reminds me of the Holland tulip bulb fiasco/"stock" market crash.

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Veronica L.
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Veronica L.
6 years ago

Can we get Catahoulas recognized please, their heritage is clear and easy to follow, they are good working dogs with a purpose. come on!

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T
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T
6 years ago

Gee, even though they are not one of the 3 new breeds, I think I will run out and purchase 2 of those Tibetan Mastiffs! What a bunch of snobs! All breeds are a composite of the original dogs of the earth! And what do papers mean anyway? We are all mutts! That's why we are the way we are: Loveable! :)

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Jennifer S.
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Jennifer S.
6 years ago

I completely agree with you. My dog is 100% mutt and I think the world of him. He is a great dog and gives me so much love and so many kisses. He is priceless. I don't need fancy papers to tell me that he is a special dog. He is truly a gift from God, as are all animals.

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Jaymee76
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Jaymee76
6 years ago

Very informative. I have never known how breed recognition gets achieved.

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Jen C.
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Jen C.
6 years ago

While the AKC Club has it's pro's I believe that every breed should be recognized! The standards are set too high for this club in my opinion! Plus the length of time it takes to qualify is a bit much! But I am glad to see more breeds finally being recognized.

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Caitlin
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Caitlin
6 years ago

I never knew how that happened. That was good to know.

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sylvia m.
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sylvia m.
6 years ago

I always wondered how they got to be so elet! I love my shelter mutts same as the registerd ones are loved!!our mutts are just as smart too!

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Mary Lee B.
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Mary Lee B.
6 years ago

I can't wait to see these breeds in the ring at the national dog shows on TV. I do get a kick out of watching the Eukanuba shows and listening to the commentators. Of course, one of my all-time favorite movies is First in Show. It's nice that we can love animals and yet laugh at our foibles.

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Ruth W.
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Ruth W.
6 years ago

AKC is pointless if you ask me.... why would you need to register your dog? Can't it be an award winning dog without being registered? Lame.

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Christine
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Christine
6 years ago

I always wondered what it took to be an "official" dog....

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Puppiesloveme
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Puppiesloveme
6 years ago

3 more breeds the pet store will start selling and the shelters will start getting them once their no longer cute!

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Jennifer S.
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Jennifer S.
6 years ago

That was my thought. If AKC really cares about the dogs, maybe they should also try and work to get the special "breeds" they recognized adopted out of shelters. Like you, I have seen too many pure bred dogs go through the shelters. And guess what, they are no more lovable than the mutts who aren't recognized by the AKC. They need to focus all of their time and effort on things that really matter, like making sure every animal has a loving place to call home.

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Monica W.
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Monica W.
6 years ago

my dog is a purebred mutt. why isn't she papered? haha!

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Nita C.
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Nita C.
6 years ago

While I always find it interesting when the AKC recognizes new breeds, I just do not understand why they have YET to recognize the Treeing Walker Coonhound. It is a genuine AMERICAN breed. The UKC recognizes this breed, but not its own country of origin. Makes no sense to me.

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Hea23th
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Hea23th
6 years ago

ah, interesting point! What a great breed!

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Emilie A.
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Emilie A.
6 years ago

there are so many new breeds coming out. too many mutts are being put to sleep because no one wants them-they are not fancy enough

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
6 years ago

Interesting, but what I'm concerned about is that many puppy mills are AKC registered...is this going to causre more problems for the pet overpopulation crisis & animal cruelty? Probably. I admit to loving watching dog shows, but I always have this in the back of my mind. Mutts are beautiful &, to me, are the best!

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Marty T.
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Marty T.
6 years ago

I'm all for the AKC bringing in more purebred dogs. However, they are being a bit hypocritical when they are giving the CGC test to mixed breed dogs but do not recognize them. Perhaps they should remain a registry for purebred dogs only and allow shelters to have their own registries.

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Juliewho
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Juliewho
6 years ago

I say the more the merrier. I look forward to seeing/reading/hearing more about these new clubbies!

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matthew s.
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matthew s.
6 years ago

These new breeds are a great addition. I didn't know how difficult it is to become a part of the AKC.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
6 years ago

I've never heard of these breeds. To each their own i guess I like my mutts!

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Amanda  T.
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Amanda T.
6 years ago

Who needs a pure breed? They tend to get sick and die younger anyway! Go to a shelter and get a mutt! Be humane!

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Mary W.
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Mary W.
6 years ago

These dogs are chattel. To be bought and sold. They are not loved.

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DDRau
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DDRau
6 years ago

Surely you jest. Obviously you don't know many people involved with showing dogs. These are some of the most loved and pampered creatures on earth.

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MaxxieBrown
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MaxxieBrown
6 years ago

Watch the Eukanuba Dog Show or the Westminster Kennel Club dog show someday. Stick around when they show the lives of these dogs. They are very much loved and cared for.

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Jennifer H.
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Jennifer H.
6 years ago

I think there's a place for all breeds be it "pure" or "mixed" - the all need and provide the same thing - love!

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Tarogirl
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Tarogirl
6 years ago

Breeders Shmeeders. Go to shelters and don't go to dog shows.

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Cathy B.
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Cathy B.
6 years ago

new breeds, puppy mills,,,,,lets try and recycle what we have ??? we got both of our wonderful dogs at the shelter......

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Anita P.
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Anita P.
6 years ago

I agree with the post before. We need to find homes for the mixed breeds, not keep adding new breeds to add to the population.

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JerryBrasier
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JerryBrasier
6 years ago

I don't think we need to keep adding more breeds.

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