American Kennel Club

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Meet the American Kennel Club's 2 Newest Breeds

Sloughi, American hairless terrier join 187 others

(Newser) - A hairless terrier and an ancient North African hound are ready to run with the pack of dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. The organization announced Tuesday that the American hairless terrier and the sloughi have joined 187 other recognized breeds. The newcomers can now compete in most... More »

Kennel Club Recognizes 3 New Dog Breeds

Icelandic sheepdog, Leonberger, and Cane Corso make the cut

(Newser) - The American Kennel Club has recognized three exotic breeds, clearing the way for the pooches to compete in the highest level dog shows. Though new to the AKC, these aren't Labradoodle-style canine innovations: the Icelandic Sheepdog, for example, one of the newly recognized breeds, may be the oldest established breed... More »

Mutts Finally Break Into Dog Shows

They're allowed to compete in 'skill-based' events, but not beauty contests

(Newser) - The purebred Labradors, spaniels and collies of the dog-show world have a new rival: mutts. The American Kennel Club has changed its rules after 125 years to allow mixed breeds to compete in some events for the first time ever. At a dog show in Virginia this weekend, Otis, the... More »

Allergies Complicate Obamas' Pooch-Vetting Process

Malia's issues have AKC pushing 'hypo-allergenic' breeds; docs say there's no such thing

(Newser) - Animal advocates are chomping at the bit to sway President-elect Obama’s choice of first dog, and they’re using daughter Malia's allergies to do it, the New York Times reports. The American Kennel Club suggests the Obamas buy a “hypoallergenic” breed like a poodle or Bichon Frise, but... More »

A Tough Decision for Obama: Picking the First Dog

AKC wants a poodle, PETA wants a mutt

(Newser) - Barack Obama promised his daughters a dog after the election, win or lose. So it was no surprise when he told the girls during his acceptance speech they “have earned the puppy that is coming with us.” But what kind will the first family choose? Malia, 10, wants... More »

Bulldogs Back in AKC's Top 10

Beefy canine was last on list in 1935; lab is tops for 17th consecutive year

(Newser) - The bulldog has returned to the American Kennel Club's list of top 10 most popular American dog breeds for the first time since 1935, the AP reports. The Labrador retriever held on to #1—it’s been top dog for the past 17 years. Check out the other popular pooches:... More »

Neutering Bill Ruffles Feathers

Calif. legislation would require owners to 'fix' cats and dogs

(Newser) - Legislation that would require Californians to "fix" their cats and dogs has captured the state's attention, inspiring more more controversy than any other measure this year, including an assisted-suicide bill. TV legend Bob Barker backs the spay/neuter bill, but groups like the American Kennel Club don't want the state... More »

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