New Dog Breeds: AKC gives full recognition for two new dog breeds (Photos)

By on Jan 12, 2013 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments

New dog breeds for 2013 were welcomed into the American Kennel Club (AKC) family on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013.

Two new dog breeds received full recognition from AKC, based on a press release issued by the group on Friday, January 11, 2013.

The new addition to the AKC list of dog breeds include the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Chinook. AKC has now raised their family of dog breeds to 177.

Lagotto Romagnolo and Berger Picard were also recognized by AKC into the Miscellaneous Class.

In a statement, AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said that,

AKC is thrilled to add these lively and energetic breeds to the registry giving dog lovers even more breeds to choose from. Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active.

The Chinook joined the list of Working Group dog breeds. Chinook is an American bred sled dog usually taken for drafting and racing in New Hampshire. It was declared as the state’s dog in 2009. These dogs are fond of “backpacking, skijoring, sledding, jogging, and hiking with their families.”

Chinooks were playful, trainable and adaptable breed of dogs. They are children friendly and easily gets along with other breeds. To know more about Chinooks, details on the new AKC dog breed can be found at Chinook Club of America’s website at:

Meanwhile, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno joined the Hound Group of dog breeds. These new breed is well recognized as small in size, with erect ears and wedge shaped head.

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno were trained for hunting in difficult terrains. They possess a relatively good sense of sight, smell and hearing. The breed is described to be active, intelligent and trainable. More information about these breed can be found at Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America’s website at:

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Image Credit: AKC Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Page

Image Credit: AKC Chinook Page

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