The American Kennel Club Has Finally Recognized These Unique Dog Breeds

This week, the American Kennel Club announced that they are formally recognizing two brand-new dog breeds: the Sloughi and the American Hairless Terrier.

Exciting as it is to have two adorable new breeds to add to the ranks of cute and cuddly dogs everywhere, I have to admit, I was a little surprised by the news.

Honestly, I thought that we had pretty much exhausted the supply of new dog breeds; I never realized that there could be more types of dogs out there!

But, as it turns out, new dog breeds get added to the canon pretty regularly. While most of us might be primarily familiar with traditional breeds, like Louie the sweet and silly beagle pup, occasionally new dog breeds develop, or long-standing breeds are finally confirmed by science!

In fact, while lots of dogs that were more familiar with were recognized as official breeds decades ago, a bunchof up-and-coming pups enter the record books every year!

Scroll through the gallery below to see a handful of the pooches that were confirmed as recognized breeds in the past five years.

1. American Hairless Terrier


Recognized by the AKC in 2016.

A variant of the Rat Terrier, the American Hairless Terrier is one of two dogs so far to be recognized by the AKC in 2016.

These small-to-medium dogs are intelligent and lively like most terriers, and, because they are generally hairless, are promoted as greatpets for dog-lovers who suffer from allergies.

2. Sloughi


Recognized by the AKC in 2016.

Another of the New Year’s new breeds, the Sloughi is a breed of sighthound native to North Africa.

Primarily found in Morocco, this elegant, light-footed hunting dog is a close relative ofthe Basenji hound. Once confused with other similar sighthounds, research recently confirmed that the Sloughi has existed as a distinct breed since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

Sloughis are sensitive, active, and eager to please; they respond well to lots of positive reinforcement.

3. Bergamesco Shepherd


Recognized by the AKC in 2015.

Like several dog breeds native to Hungary, the Bergamesco is a shepherd dog with an extremely thick, corded coat.

Unlike its Hungarian counterparts, however, the Bergamesco is native to the Italian and Swiss Alps, where its thick, matted coat helps to protect it from the harsh elements.

These dogs tend to be solitary and are “one-man animals,” meaning that theytend to form a strong and very loyal bond with just one person.

4. Boerboel


Recognized by the AKC in 2015.

Also known as a South African Mastiff, the Boerboel was bred as a working dog to protect farmland. In fact, its name translates roughly from Afrikaans to “Farmer’s Bull.”

Despite its history as a guard dog, socialized Boerboels are known for being intelligent, loyal, and extremely affectionate to their families.

5. Cirneco Dell’Etna


Recognized by the AKC in 2015.

A close relative of the Pharaoh hound, the Cirneco dell’Etna is native to Sicily, particularly the region around Mount Etna, where they historically worked as rabbit dogs.

Today, this breed is praisedin dog-show circles for its beautiful red coat, and Cirnechi are also beloved as loyal and affectionate family dogs.

6. Spanish Water Dog


Recognized by the AKC in 2015.

Though it wasn’t identified as its own breed until 2015, specialists believe that the Spanish Water Dog has existed for at least several hundred years. Along with other curly-haired European water dogs, it may date back to ancient Turkey.

These dogs are fiercely intelligent with a strong herding instinct, but are deeply loyal to their humans.

7. Wirehaired Vizsla


Recognized by the AKC in 2014.

Developed in Hungary in the 1930s, these large, mellow pointers were bred as hunting dogs. Obedient and intelligent, the Vizsla loves the challenge of running and hunting all day asa working dog, and then returning home to a loving family at night.

With a gentle, even-keeled disposition, these dogs are cuddlebugs who love children.

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