AKC Announces Two New Dog Breeds in 2020
If there is one thing we know at Happy Hounds, it is that there is no such thing as too many dogs! The world-wide pack got a little larger this year with two dog breeds welcomed to the American Kennel Club pack in 2020. Did you know that fifteen new dog breeds have been accepted by the American Kennel Club in the last five years alone? Who knew there were so many new dogs to pet?
‘Dogo’ Arigato Mr. ‘Barbet-o’
The two newest additions to the AKC recognized pack are the Dogo Argentino and the Barbet. Both are medium-sized breeds from two completely different parts of the world with long histories and unique features. Although we view canines as family companions more than anything, it is always interesting to learn about the origins of certain breeds and the sometimes-dangerous jobs they were bred to perform.
Dogo Argentino: A member of the Working Group, the Dogo Argentino is a somewhat larger dog (88-100 pounds) that originates from the Cordoba region of Argentina. First appearing at the beginning of the 20th century, the Dogo Argentino was bred to hunt big-game like wild boar and puma through the difficult terrain of Argentina. The Dogo Argentino is an extremely strong, powerful, and athletic that would do best as an active companion with significant training. The Dogo has a short entirely white coat. However, the AKC classification does permit a small dark patch near the eye provided, “it doesn’t cover more than 10% of the head.”
Barbet: This French water dog is covered in tight, water-wicking, fur curls and is described as being a “smart, even-tempered dog with a happy friendly nature.” With a weight between 35 and 65 pounds, this dog breed fits comfortably in the sporting group. The Barbet and their trademark beard have been used for hundreds of years to flush, locate, and retrieve birds or waterfowl. The American Kennel Club describes theBarbet as having a “calm nature and is easy to live with as long as their exercise needs are being met.” This is an active dog for an active family and would thrive doing exactly what they are bred for.”
The Happy Hounds Pack
Now, we don’t expect a Barbet or Dogo Argentino to be walking through the doors at Happy Hounds for grooming or boarding any time soon. That being said, Happy Hounds Hotel & Day Spa does have some frequent furry friends that we see more than any other breed.
All the Labs – Labradors are ranked 1st of 195 AKC accepted breeds, making them the most popular dog breed in the country. Labradors make excellent family companions and are high-spirited sporting dogs who have plenty of affection to go around.
Golden Retrievers – These pooches rank 3rd on the AKC popularity rankings. An amazing medium to large-sized dog that is obedient, friendly, and full of love and life.
Golden Doodles – These dogs vary in size and are relatively new to the dog market. A cross between golden retrievers and poodles, this breed is extremely popular due to their hypoallergenic coat, friendly disposition, and intelligence.
Shih-Tzu – This small dog ranks 20th on the AKC popularity rankings and is part of the Toy Group of dogs. Although they come in a small package, the Shih-Tzu is affectionate, playful, and extremely outgoing.
German Shepherd – This is the 2nd most popular dog breed according to the AKC rankings. These medium to large herding dogs are known for being confident, courageous, and incredibly smart. You might also see this brave breed riding ‘shotgun’ in a police car. Not for violating their ‘paw-role’ but for being the most common breed for police and military service needs.
When reading into the history of dog breeds and the new ones that are accepted to the prestigious ranks of the AKC each year, it is truly amazing that all of our companions descended from wild wolves. Who knows what dog breeds will be accepted in the coming years? Hopefully, Happy Hounds gets to meet some of these amazing pups in the future!