AKC Welcomes Three New Breeds

The American Kennel Club adds American English Coonhound, Finnish Lapphund and Cesky Terrier.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has welcomed the American English Coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund and Cesky Terrier to its growing list of now 173 breeds.

1. American English Coonhound (Hound group)– a well-conditioned athlete, the American English Coonhound is an avid hunter known for its tremendous speed and loud voice.  Originally used to hunt foxes and raccoons in the American colonies, they are highly trainable and eager to please, but do require daily exercise.  Affectionate, alert and confident they make great companions for an active owner and get along well with people and other dogs.

2. The Finnish Lapphund (Herding group) – alert and agile, with a double think coat, the Finnish Lapphund was originally bred to herd reindeer north of the Artic Circle. Intelligent, calm, friendly and eager to learn, they make loving and devoted family pets that do well with children and other dogs.

3. Cesky Terrier (Terrier group) – Intelligent and full of energy, the Cesky Terrier has been used to hunt vermin, fox, and badgers.  Active dogs that love to play, they require daily exercise. They are anxious to please and easy to train.  Cesky Terriers are loyal to their families, patient, gentle, and get along well with people of all ages, making them a wonderful family pet.

“The AKC is excited to add these wonderful breeds to our registry and give families even more dogs to choose from,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “From hunters to herders, each breed has a unique history, and makes loving, devoted family pets.”

To become an AKC recognized breed there needs to be a certain number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club to watch over them. 

For more information on the new breeds and the AKC process visit: AKC

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