They say every dog has it's day, for three breeds that day is July 1. The American Kennel Club announced Monday that this year's newly recognized breeds will be allowed to compete in shows starting next month.
The AKC will add the Berger Picard, Lagotto Romagnolo and the Miniature American Shepherd to their registry of breeds. That brings the number of AKC recognized breeds to 187.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such a great selection of dogs to the AKC family,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Each of these breeds is unique and will make wonderful companions to a variety of people."
Hailing from France, the Berger Picard joins the Herding group. They're a medium-sized, athletic dog bred to be a working companion. The breed is described as good-natured and loyal.
The Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy and joins the Sporting group. This breed is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is a high energy dog that loves to retrieve, swim, and play, needing daily exercise.
Finally there's the small herding dog from California, the Miniature American Shepherd. These dogs are very athletic and energetic. They are eager to please, devoted, good-natured, and intelligent.