How the American Kennel Club decides new breeds of dogs

How the American Kennel Club decides new breeds of dogs
How the American Kennel Club decides new breeds of dogs

There are more than 400 dog breeds in the world today, but only 193 are recognized by the American Kennel Club. Here is how a puppy makes the cut.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently recognized three new breeds of dogs that are already stealing our hearts. So why have we never seen the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, and the Azawakh (pronounced Oz-a-wok) before? They have been around for hundreds of years, but that does not automatically give them AKC status.

It is a process that allows a breed to be officially recognized by the AKC. First, there must be a formal request with documentation indicating that an acceptable national or foreign registry officially recognizes the breed, says Brandi Hunter, Vice President, Public Relations and Communication, AKC. After the initial application, the breed must enter the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FK), a data retention service for all purebred breeds currently unregistered with the American Kennel Club. In addition, a questionnaire, a documented breed history of at least 40 years, a written breed standard and photographs of the breed in the form of puppies and adults, including males and females, must be submitted. “Before a breed is recognized, it is eligible to participate in the Divers category, a springboard that leads the FSS to full recognition.” Here’s how to choose the best dog breed for you.

Breeds generally remain in the Miscellaneous category from one to three years. In the waiting period, a national club with at least 100 members in 20 states must be created, more litters of puppies must be born and the number of dogs registered with the FSS and participation in AKC events must increase. (Advancement to full registration depends on this growth.) The AKC requires that a potential dog breed has a pedigree over three generations and there must be at least 300 dogs registered with the AKC FSS… It is not accepted that each proposed official race will become one. The Belgian Laekenois, for example, has been stuck in the miscellaneous class since June 2011. Here are some of the most popular dog breeds in the 50 states.

Once the breed is finally recognized by the AKC, it can compete in dog shows and be registered with the AKC. The Netherlands Kooikerhondjes and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen were able to compete in Westminster in 2019, but Azawakh was only recently recognized on January 1, 2019, and can compete only in dog shows of its category, that of dogs. But from February 2020, Azawakh will participate in the prestigious show of Westminster dogs, all breeds. Read on to see the 50 breeds of the cutest dogs in puppy form.

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