The new breeds are:
- Bergamasco - an Italian sheep dog with origins that can be traced back nearly 7,000 years. The Bergamasco is known for being highly intelligent and having a strong work ethic. The Bergamasco joins the herding group.
- Boerboel - a farm dog from South Africa known for being intelligent, hardy, protective, and willing to please. The Boerboel does everything from being a friend and babysitter to protect against predators. The Boerboel joins the working group.
- Cirneco dell'Etna - an Italian breed that has been present in Italy for at least 2,500 years. This is an independent hunter traditionally used to hunt together with a ferret. The Cirneco joins the hound group.
- Spanish Water Dog - which joins the herding group. This is a lively, hard working, and clever breed that was originally created as a farm dog used for herding, hunting, and helping fishermen.
AKC started in 1884 with a mere nine breeds, and adds breeds to the list when they meet the club's requirements. This includes a minimum amount of the dogs around the USA, and a related breed club.
~ Maria Sadowski ~