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American Kennel Club's New Breeds Include a Fishing Dog

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 06:17 AM

A Spanish fishing dog and a South African guard dog are among four more dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club in a move allowing the animals to compete in canine competitions nationwide.

The Spanish Water Dog, the Cirneco dell'Etna, the Bergamasco, and the Boerboel have gained full club recognition and will be eligible to compete in its events starting Jan. 1, Reuters reported a club spokeswoman as saying on Thursday.

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 a 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.

With the additions, the number of AKC recognized breeds is 184.

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 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.

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A Spanish fishing dog and a South African guard dog are among four more dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club in a move allowing the animals to compete in canine competitions nationwide.
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