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
3. Bergamesco Shepherd
5. Cirneco Dell’Etna
6. Spanish Water Dog
7. Wirehaired Vizsla