American Kennel Club announces four new dog breeds

Updated: December 20, 2014
American Kennel Club announces four new dog breeds

American Kennel Club adds four new breeds, including the Spanish water dog, bringing the total number of breeds to 184.”

The newly recognized breeds must wait until 2016 to compete in the popular Westminster Kennel Club show as entries for the February 2015 event are closed, the club said. The Westminster club is a member of the AKC.

The AKC, which started in 1884 with nine breeds, adds new breeds to its list once they meet certain requirements, such as a related breed club and a minimum number of dogs nationwide, said AKC club spokeswoman Jessica D’Amato.

The club made the announcement on Wednesday.

The Spanish Water Dog is a herding dog with a curly coat, bred as a multi-purpose farm dog and used for herding, hunting and assisting fisherman. The Cirneco dell’Etna is a smart, short-haired hunter from Italy.

The Bergamasco, also from Italy, is an eager-to-please herding dog with a unique coat made of long mats. The Boerboel is a large, agile mastiff-like breed, originating in South Africa and used as a farm and guard dog.