New dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club: Russian Toy, Mudi


The American Kennel Club has announced the addition of two new breeds of dogs.

The Russian Toy, a small and cheerful dog with a Russian aristocracy, and the Hungarian-born Mudi, used on farms, are now on the list of recognized breeds.

“We are very excited to have two unique breeds added to the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the AKC, in a statement Tuesday.

The Russian Toy becomes a member of the Toy Group, which includes 775 dog breeds. The Mudi, a rare breed with only 450 in the US, becomes a member of the herd group that includes breeds such as the German Shepherd Dog or the Collie.

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“This is not the (Mudi) breed for a first-time dog owner. While some may refer to the breed as stubborn, I see it as boring when it is constantly exercised,” said Susanne Bergesen, correspondent secretary of the Mudi Club of America in a statement. “You are a thinker, enjoy learning, learn quickly, and do not need a lot of repetition to acquire most skills.”

The American Kennel Club, the world’s largest registry for purebred dogs, recognizes new breeds of dogs every year, with dogs having to be in an established breed club. Last year the Argentine Dog and Barbet joined the registration. All registered breeds can participate in events and clubs hosted by the American Kennel Club.

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