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AKC New Breeds: Two Tongue-Twisting New Dogs Recognized

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The AKC now recognizes the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, left, and the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. (American Kennel Club)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 04:23 PM

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is recognizing two new dog breeds: the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen.

Both breeds have received the full recognition of the AKC, which now has 192 recognized breeds, according to the AKC website.

Joining the Sporting Group of breeds, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje is originally a European duck-hunting dog that resembles a spaniel. The name is pronounced "Netherlands-e Coy-ker-hond-tsje."

These dogs are typically energetic and friendly, and were a favorite breed of Dutch nobles. They need mental and physical stimulation to be at their best and have medium-length hair that needs brushing weekly. 

In the Hound Group, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (pronunced "Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-Fon Vahn-DAY-ahn" but nicknamed GBGV) — is a French breed that was made for hunting rabbits. Stamina and speed are its strengths.

GBGVs are laid back and function best in a pack (with other dogs). They need lots of exercise every day and their hair, though coarse and straight, needs weekly brushing or it can get matted. 

The new breeds can compete in competitions this year and will be eligible for the Westminster Kennel Club show next year. The additions are the first for the AKC since 2016.

For a breed to be added, there must be at least 300 of them in the U.S. in 20 or more states.

Dog lovers on Twitter were ready for the new breeds.

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Two new dog breeds are being recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC): the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen.
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Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 04:23 PM
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