The American Kennel Club is expanding its pack.
The world’s largest purebred dog registry and announced on Tuesday that the Mudi and the Russian Toy have received full recognition and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and the Toy Group respectively.
These additions bring the number of breeds recognized by the AKC to 199.
“We are thrilled to have two unique breeds join the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “The Mudi, a medium-sized sheepdog, is an excellent companion animal for an active family committed to this hard worker, and the loving little Russian toy thrives on being close to his humans, making him a wonderful companion for an owner who can be with the dog a lot.As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.
The Mudi is a medium-sized, versatile and versatile farm dog originating from Hungary. According to the AKC, the breed is brave and useful for working the most stubborn cattle.
Mudi are very energetic, playful and love to run, but can also be affectionate, calm and relaxed around the house. They don’t have many grooming requirements. Occasional baths and combing or brushing will do the trick.
The Russian toy dates back to the Russian aristocracy. According to the AKC, they are elegant, lively, active and cheerful. They are intelligent with a strong desire to please and thrive on human companionship, often snuggling up with family members.
They can, however, be slightly aloof with strangers. The breed has two coat types – long-haired and smooth. The long-haired coat should be brushed two to three times a week and bathed monthly. The smooth coat needs weekly brushing and occasional baths.
AKC Recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events. To become an AKC-recognized breed, there must be active following and interest in the breed from owners in the United States, as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.
There must also be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the county, according to the AKC.