New Dog Breeds
January 29, 2011 by staff
“The titles help identify your dog,” spokeswoman Lisa Peterson said, noting the designation allows these new races to win championships in club competitions.
“You know, could simply say,” Hey, it’s a great dog, but if you won your league … this shows the quality of the dog. ”
Obtain an officially recognized breed is not easy. Since early in 1884 with nine recognized breeds, the list of the American Kennel Club was gradually increased to 170.
Breeders, owners and experts must first create their own club to promote a specific dog before you can apply for recognition from the American Kennel Club, Ms. Peterson said.
They must then answer a number of criteria. For example, they must demonstrate the popularity of the breed by the determination of at least 100 households across the country to document race and there are several hundred dogs of this type in the United States with three-generation pedigrees.
The race must be entered in the class various dog shows the American Kennel Club, where, after showing for one to three years, the board of directors of the club can give him the full status recognition.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Norwegian Lundehund Xoloitzcuintli and are already recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club, which has 175 officially registered breeds. This month, he added the Lancashire Heeler to the list of new breeds eligible to participate in its shows.
Ms. Peterson said the recognition does not necessarily mean pet owners will pay more for these races. However, it offers some assurance of quality.
“The great thing about them is pure breed predictability, so you know what you’ll get,” she said.
This ancient race of Mexico is considered one of the rarest breeds in the world. It comes in three sizes – toy (under 35 inches tall), Miniature (up to about 46 centimeters high) and standard (up to 58 cm high) – and two varieties, hairless and coated.
The hairless variety may have a tuft of coarse hair and short on the head and neck, and on the feet and tail. The coated variety has short hair and dense, which can be black, gray, red, liver, bronze or yellow gold.
According to the Canadian Kennel Club, the name comes from the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, “itcuintli.” The Xolo is popular for its sleek, graceful, and his calm attitude.
This rare breed is known to have six toes on each foot and extra vertebrae in his neck that allow it to bend backwards and touch his back with his forehead. (Generally, dogs have four toes on each foot, Ms. Peterson said.)
These distinct characteristics allowed the race to hunt for puffins on the rocks of the coastal cliffs.
Norwegian Lundehunds grow to about 38 centimeters tall and are reddish brown with white spots. They are regarded as loyal companions, energetic and playful, but may be wary of strangers.
This mountain dog, originating Entlebuch, Switzerland, has been elevated to herd cattle on the mountain pastures. The first record of the name “Entlebucherhund” dates back to 1889.
According to the U.S. National Association Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed is intelligent and very active. It is appreciated for its palatability and ease of training.
Entlebuchers grow to about 53 centimeters tall and are light. Their coats are mostly black, white and yellow to brown rust marks.
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