The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen are already off to a great start in 2018, as both of these dog breeds have received full recognition from the American Kennel Club. They are the first new additions to the club's roster since 2016.
The AKC announced on Jan. 10 that both of these breeds have joined its storied family. The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, which will belong to the Sporting Group, is "a spaniel-type dog that originated hundreds of years ago in [Holland] as a duck hunter." This medium-energy dog, with its red and white coat, has distinctly noticeable ears.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, on the other hand, will be categorized in the Hound Group. This fellow medium-sized dog, which originated in France as a rabbit hunter, is "a laid-back, intelligent, friendly pack hound that gets along well with other dogs. These dogs are courageous and passionate workers with a high activity level."
While these newcomers won't be able to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show until 2019, they're already in good company. The AKC, which is the largest purebred dog registry in the United States, currently recognizes 192 breeds. To be associated with the AKC, a breed must have at least 300 dogs in roughly 20 states.
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