Westminster Kennel Club Recognizes Seven New Dog Breeds

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Seven new dog breeds have been recognized by the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, according to mnn.com.

The breeds include Bergamasco Sheepdog, the Berger Picard, the Boerboel, the Cirneco Dell’Etna, the Lagotto Romagnolo, the Miniature American Shepherd, and the Spanish Water Dog, according to newyork.cbslocal.com.

To have a new dog breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, or the akc, can take several years, according to cnn.com. “Breeds have to have a National Breed Club behind them,” reported cnn.com. “The breed club then petitions to be added to the Miscellaneous Class, where they can compete with other breeds not yet recognized,” reported cnn.com.

The Bergamasco Sheepdog is an ancient Alpine breed, according to bergamascos.net. For many centuries the Bergamasco was most commonly found in the Italian and Swiss Valleys, according to bergamascos.net. The Bergamasco Sheepdog with its mop or dread like fur is “Strong, sound and brave, this dog is also very intelligent and has a good equilibrium,” according to dogbreedinfo.com.

The Berger Picard is thought to be the oldest of the French Sheepdogs, reported picards.us. They were brought to northern France and the Pas de Calais during the second Celtic invasion of Gaul, reported picards.us. Berger Picard’s, in general, are very loyal, and are lively, entertaining, and are delightful characters, stated trainpetdog.com.

Boerboels are also known as the South African mastiff according to mnn.com. These dogs were originally bred as a farm dog, stated mnn.com. The Boerboels are protective, calm and confidently composed, reported mnn.com.

Cirneco Dell’Etna is a family dog, according to mnn.com. This dog breed is Independent, friendly, and affectionate reported akc.org. These dogs are short haired according to akc.org.

Lagotto Romagnolo has a high energy level, according to akc.org. It is also known as the Italian water dog, it has amazing endurance and an excellent sniffer, according to mnn.com. “The breed comes in various shades of brown, with or without white, orange, with or without white, off-white, white with brown or orange patches, and brown roan,” reported lagottous.com, “Tan markings are allowed.”

Miniature American Shepherd is a relative newcomer, bred in the U.S. in the 1960s as a herding dog, according to mnn.com. This breed is devoted, good-natured, and intelligent, stated akc.org. These dogs have a high energy level, reported akc.org.

Spanish Water Dog is “faithful, hardworking, lively; affectionate with family, and a vigilant watchdog,” reported akc.org. This dog breed is athletic, according to akc.org. The Spanish Water Dog aims to please their owners, according to mnn.com.

Currently 189 dogs breed are recognized by the AKC according to akc.org. At The Westminster Dog the best of breeds compete against each other each year with the best being chosen, according to westminsterkennelclub.org. “Simply put, Westminster has become the symbol of the purebred dog, in show rings as well as in millions of television homes across America,” reported westminsterkennelclub.org.