The American Kennel Club (AKC) has founded three new dog breeds including Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger as the 165th, 166th, and167th AKC recognized breeds.
Under three factors the AKC registration for a breed is done such as documentation that the breed in question has been breeding true for many generations, with accurate record keeping; evidence that there is sufficient interest in the breed throughout the United States; and a national club is in place that meets AKC requirements to act as the parent club for the breed, per their website.
The Cane Corso and Leonberger will join the working Group while Icelandic Sheepdog will join the herding group.
On June 1, 2010, the new three breeds have become eligible for AKC registration and for competition in their respective groups at conformation shows held on and after June 30, 2010.
The AKC is devoted to support the integrity of its registry, promote the sport of purebred dogs and breed for type and function. AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC
The Icelandic sheepdog arrived on that island nation with the Vikings, who settled there more than 1,000 years ago. The breed is part of the spitz family, which includes chow chows and the American Eskimo was used to herd sheep, cattle and horses. Icelandic sheepdogs are regarded as one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, but now the dogs are getting formal AKC recognition.
The lion-maned Leonberger, his name is given on the base of the town of Leonberg, Germany, from which it hails, has been part of that country’s culture since the 1800s. Its beautiful long fur made it popular with German artists, who used Leonbergers as models. Even with their large size, they are considered cuddly and get along well with children and other family members. The Leonberger has pretty, friendly face. They have been used as water rescue dogs and been trained to jump out of helicopters.
The third newly recognized breed is the Cane Corso. It was nearly extinct until a small group of breeders brought it back in the 1980s. It is a member of the mastiff family and muscle-bound dog that was highly prized in its native Italy for hunting difficult prey like boar and fighting alongside soldiers in ancient battles. Now in these days, the Cane Corso is not overly fierce. They are recognized to be very attached to their owners and families because they are intelligent and easily trained dogs.
AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said, “These three diverse breeds all share rich and unique histories and a dedicated group of fanciers in the United States. We are delighted to grant them full AKC recognition and watch as each breed continues to thrive and grow.”
The American Kennel Club founded in 1884. AKC is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the US.