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Two new dogs join the pack.
Tuesday, the American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, announced that two new dog breeds have recently received full recognition.
Mudi and Russian Toy dogs can now register with the AKC, making the breeds eligible to compete in U.S. dog shows like the Westminster Dog Show, National dog showand AKC National Champion Ship. The Mudi will be eligible to compete in the Herding Group at US dog shows, while the Russian Toy is eligible for the Toy Group.
With the addition of this duo, the AKC now officially recognizes 199 dog breeds.
“We are thrilled to have two unique breeds join the registry,” Gina DiNardo, AKC executive secretary, said in a statement. “The Mudi, a medium-sized sheepdog, is an excellent pet for an active family committed to keeping this worker busy, and the loving little Russian toy thrives on being close to his humans, making him makes a wonderful companion for an owner who can always be with the dog a lot, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”
Besides being a herding dog, the Mudi is loyal and energetic. According to the AKC, the breed is an all-around farm dog that originated in Hungary. Mudis are patient with stubborn livestock, protective of their owner’s property, and calm and affectionate inside the home. The breed requires minimal grooming, requiring only occasional bathing and brushing.
The Russian toy dates back to the Russian aristocracy, so it’s no surprise that these puppies are known to be elegant, cheerful, and lively. The breed can be aloof with strangers but loves to cuddle up with its family and often has a strong desire to please its owners. Unlike the Mudi, the Russian Toy requires regular growth. Long-haired Mudis should be brushed several times a week and bathed monthly. Smooth-coated Mudis need weekly brushing and occasional bathing.
“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” , the AKC explained about its process in a recent statement.
Animal lovers can now be on the lookout for these breeds at AKC-sanctioned events. To learn more about the Mudi, Russian Toy, or any of the 197 other breeds recognized by the AKC, visit the American Kennel Club website.