The American Kennel Club kicked off the New Year by increasing its registered dog breeds by two.
On Tuesday, the New York-based non-profit, which maintains a registry of purebred dogs, announced in a release the full recognition of the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi. The new additions bring the organization’s list of registered breeds to 189.
“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” spokeswoman Gina DiNardo said in the release. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family.”
The American Hairless Terrier — a small to medium-sized, active pup — joins the Terrier group. Reportedly, the dogs once were bred to hunt vermin, however, today they excel in many AKC dog sports. AHT dogs are said to be alert, curious, energetic and intelligent and come in both a hairless and coated variety (the coated variety still carries the hairless gene). A plus for some allergy sufferers: This Terrier is known for its tendency to cause fewer allergic reactions in humans.
Joining the Hound group is the Sloughi — a medium-sized, smooth-coated, athletic sighthound whose North African ancestors once were revered for speed, agility, its hunting skills and endurance over long distances. The noble and somewhat reserved breed reportedly has a gentle, melancholy expression. It also has a smooth coat, which requires a regular brushing. Sloughi’s are known to give chase to anything they see so it is recommended they be exercised on leash or in a large fenced area.
New AKC-recognized breeds must have a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the United States and have an established breed club, with responsible breeders and owners, before being accepted. Both the American Hairless Terrier and Sloughi became eligible to compete on Jan. 1, 2016.