Two New Dog Breeds Get the AKC Recognition They’ve Been Waiting For

Whether you are a dog show regular or just like to watch them on TV, you can expect to see two new adorable faces in the ring this June.

While these breeds are not new to the world, the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla have finally received recognition as official American Kennel Club breeds and will making their debuts in the ring starting June 30.

Coton De TulearCoton De Tulear

The sweet, spunky and fluffy Coton de Tulear will join the Non-Sporting Group, competing against diverse breeds that include the Bulldog, Dalmatian and the Poodle.

Meet the Breeds in the Non-Sporting Group>>

Cotons are small, sweet dogs with a lot of heart.  They love human companionship and make excellent family pets, getting along well with children and other dogs.  

Terrific for a person who:

  • Needs to tire a dog out with exercise in a small space.
  • Enjoys a dog who can creatively chat, howl, bark, or sing.
  • Wants a sturdy dog who’s small enough to carry.

Think twice if you’re a person who:

  • Knows the dog will have to tolerate hours of separation.
  • Will gasp if your dog kisses newcomers on first meeting.
  • Expects a guard dog nature in a pint-sized package.

Read More About the Lovable Coton De Tulear>>

Wirehaired VizslaWirehaired Vizsla

The Wirehaired Vizsla, who was bred as a hunting dog, will join the Sporting Group with other athletic breeds such as the Labrador and the Cocker Spaniel.  

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Gentle, outgoing and friendly dogs, they make wonderful companions for athletic families.  

Terrific for a person who:

  • Wants a hiking or running companion.
  • Loves to find ways to entertain and keep your dog busy.
  • Is looking for a medium size buddy who has a big dog heart.

Think twice if you’re a person who:

  • Only runs when being chased.  
  • You want a soft and furry companion.
  • Wants a dog who will greet all of your friends with a kiss.

Read More About the Wirehaired Vizsla>>

“The AKC is excited to recognize these friendly, outgoing breeds, giving dog lovers everywhere even more choices to fit their lifestyle,” says AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo.  “While they differ in exercise and grooming needs, both are sweet, loyal, loving family companions.”

To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders.   

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