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AKC adds three new breeds

The American Kennel Club now recognizes 161 breeds of dogs, having announced last week that The Irish Red and White Setter, the Pyrenean Shepherd and the Norwegian Buhund have been added to its list of registered breeds.

The recognition won’t get them valet parking, or tee times, but it will allow the breeds to participate in dog shows, starting this year.

The  Irish Red and White Setter was bred as a hunting companion. The Irish Red and White Setter Association was formed in America in 1997 to preserve the purebred Irish Red and White Setter and to maintain the heritage and unique qualities of the breed as a multi-talented gun dog.

The Pyrenean Shepherd has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for centuries. The breed comes in two coat types — Rough-Faced and Smooth-Faced. It first distinguished itself outside its native mountains during its service to French troops during World War I.

The Norwegian Buhund belongs is a Spitz type breed. It was nurtured in the rainy western coastlands of Norway where they herded sheep, guarded farms and hunted bear and wolf. Buhunds are trained to aid the hearing impaired and perform some types of police work.

Breeds that wish to receive full AKC recognition must first be registered with the AKC Foundation Stock Service. While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three year before being considered. More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s website.

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