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TWO NEW BREEDS JOIN THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB FAMILY Featured

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- The American Hairless Terrier and Sloughi Join the Pack -
New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announces the full recognition of the American
Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, raising the total number of AKC dog breeds to 189.
“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” said AKC
spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family. If a
dog lover is interested in the American Hairless Terrier, Sloughi or any other AKC breed, we
encourage them to visit www.akc.org to learn more about the breed and determine if they’re a fit
for their lifestyle.”
Joining the Terrier group, the American Hairless Terrier is a small to
medium sized, active terrier. Ancestors of the breed were bred to hunt rats
and other vermin, and today the breed excels in many AKC dog sports. The
breed comes in both a hairless and coated variety, although the coated
dogs still carry the hairless gene. The AHT is well known for its propensity
for fewer allergic reactions than other breeds, allowing them into homes of
many allergy sufferers. The breed is energetic, alert, curious and intelligent.
For more information, visit http://www.ahtca.info/.
Joining the Hound group, the Sloughi is a medium-sized, smooth-coated,
athletic sighthound. An ancient breed, it is treasured in North Africa for its
hunting skills, speed, agility, and endurance over long distances. The
breed is noble and somewhat reserved, with a gentle, melancholy
expression. The breed must be exercised on leash or in a large fenced
area since it will run after anything that catches its fancy. Its smooth coat
requires a weekly brushing. For more information, visit http://sloughiinternational.
com/.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective AKC groups on January 1, 2016.
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. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock
Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at akc.org.
Hi-res images are available for download HERE.
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest
registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The
AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and
breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its
affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine
health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog
ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules
and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure
coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the
AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the
Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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