Meet the Two Newest Dog Breeds Recognized by the American Kennel Club

published Jan 5, 2020
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We always have room in our hearts for more dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) just recognized two new dog breeds: the Barbet and the Dogo Argentino. We love these doggos already.

The AKC maintains a registry of dog breeds, but it doesn’t include every single breed in the world. In a press release, it explains its criteria for recognition: “To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.” Thanks to the Barbet and the Dogo Arentino, AKC’s list now includes 195 breeds.

So what are these newly recognized breeds like? The Barbet, which joins the sporting category, is a medium-sized water dog from France. It has a thick, curly coat that requires trimming, and the AKC calls it “a smart, even-tempered dog with a happy, friendly nature” that loves to be around people. In photos, it looks like a bit like a poodle with a full beard.

The Dogo Argentino, meanwhile, joins the working category, which includes dogs like dobermans and huskies that are skilled at guarding and pulling sleds, among other tasks. Dogos were originally big-game hunters, catching animals like boars and mountain lions. While they’re loyal and affectionate to their families, they need lots of exercise and socialization.  Because of their “strong guarding instincts,” the AKC doesn’t recommend them for inexperienced dog owners. With their white coats, they’re also prone to sunburn.

Being recognized by the American Kennel Club means Barbets and Dogo Argentinos can now participate in dog shows. They’re already winners in our eyes.