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Animal Attraction: Two New Lively Breeds Join AKC Family

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 5:30 AM

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) expanded its litter of recognized breeds on January 1 to welcome the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Chinook, growing AKC’s family to 177 breeds.
 
In addition, the AKC also welcomed the Lagotto Romagnolo and Berger Picard into the Miscellaneous Class.

"The AKC is thrilled to add these lively and energetic breeds to the registry giving dog lovers even more breeds to choose from," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active.”

An American breed joining the Working Group, the Chinook was bred as a sled dog for drafting and sled dog racing in New Hampshire. The breed was later named the state dog of New Hampshire in 2009.  Chinooks enjoy activities such as backpacking, skijoring, sledding, jogging, and hiking with their families. They are especially fond of children and get along well with other dogs. They are playful, highly trainable, and adaptable. Their tawny-colored double coat requires occasional bathing and brushing.  Additional facts on this breed can be found on the Chinook Club of America’s website at: http://www.chinookclubofamerica.org.

The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno joins the Hound Group. The breed is known for its small size, erect ears and wedge shaped head. Bred to hunt in harsh terrains, they use sight, scent and sound to catch their prey--typically rabbits. They have two coat types, smooth and wire. This breed is active, intelligent and easy to train. They require regular exercise but should be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard due to their instinct to chase. Additional facts on this breed can be found on the Portuguese Podengo Pequenos of America’s website at: www.pppamerica.org.

SOURCE and LINK:
American Kennel Club
http://www.akc.org
 

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