3 new breeds join the AKC

Posted By elaine on June 30, 2010

Icelandic Sheepdogs (AKC Photo)

The American Kennel Club is adding the Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger as the 165th, 166th, and167th AKC recognized breeds.

The Icelandic Sheepdog will join the herding group while both the Cane Corso and Leonberger will join the working Group

Leonburger (AKC Photo)

The new breeds became eligible for AKC registration on June 1, 2010 and are eligible for competition in their respective groups at conformation shows held on and after June 30, 2010

Cane Corso (AKC Photo)

“These three diverse breeds all share rich and unique histories and a dedicated group of fanciers in the United States,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “We are delighted to grant them full AKC recognition and watch as each breed continues to thrive and grow.”

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry opurebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States.

The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.

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