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2022 Began With The Introduction Of Two New Dog Breeds!
Meet the newest dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and learn about some lesser-known but still wonderful dog breeds!
The American Kennel Club is known for being one of the world’s most reliable sources for dog breed information, training, health, and competitions. But the American Kennel Club’s original purpose was to serve as the largest registry of purebred dogs. And as of January 1st, 2022, the American Kennel Club has announced that it will officially recognize two new dog breeds, bringing its dog breed count to 199. Please allow us to introduce you to the Mudi and the Russian Toy!
The Mudi (pronounced moody) is a medium-sized dog that hails from the country of Hungary. Mudi dogs are essentially all-purpose farm dogs that excel at herding livestock. They are extremely loyal and energetic dogs. The breed is very smart and loves to learn. They can make excellent companions or family dogs, but only if they receive proper mental stimulation and exercise.
But even if you are interested in adopting a Mudi, the breed is extremely rare. It’s thought that there are less than 500 Mudis in the United States and only 3,000 to 4,000 worldwide. But if you are interested in learning more about the breed or adopting a Mudi, make sure to check out the Mudi Club of America for more information!
Meanwhile, the Russian Toy has its roots in Russian Aristocracy. The Russian Toy, or Russian Toy Terrier, is an extremely petite dog. They only weigh between 6-7 pounds when fully grown. But despite their small size, these dogs are known for having larger-than-life personalities that are elegant, cheerful, and lively. While they can be aloof with strangers, Russian Toys generally love snuggling with people they know and have a strong desire to please their owners.
While many people may be eager to adopt a Russian Toy, these dogs should only go to homes that don’t have big dogs or small children present. Because of their small size, Russian Toys are fragile dogs that could be accidentally injured by significantly bigger dogs or toddlers. If you want to learn more about the breed or adopt a Russian Toy, make sure to visit the Russian Toy Club of America.
Since the Mudi and Russian Toy are rare breeds, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of these dogs before today. However, their recognition by the American Kennel Club is exciting because it allows these breeds to compete at nationally recognized dog shows and pet sporting competitions, such as the Westminster Dog Show, National Dog Show, and AKC National Championship. But we also love that the American Kennel Club’s announcement brings popularity and appreciation to new dog breeds.
And with that in mind, we thought it might be fun to also introduce you to 5 rare or underrated dog breeds you might not know about!
Thanks to their long noses and lanky bodies, borzois are unique both inside and out. Although, we like to think these Russian Hunting Sighthounds are uniquely beautiful! Borzois are long and lanky dogs, with the biggest in the breed reaching 28 inches tall and weighing in at up to 105 pounds. Borzois are extremely fast when they run, and can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
Although the breed can be a bit stubborn, borzois are still very trainable. They are generally well-liked for their agreeable personalities. And while every dog is different, most Borzois get along well with other dogs and children. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the signature Borzoi smile!
But if you’re looking for a guard dog to protect your family, don’t choose a Borzoi. These dogs may bark to alert you of an intruder, but that’s about all they’ll do in terms of protecting you. Borzois do have a lot of energy, but are typically known for being respectful, quiet, and gentle dogs.
The Irish Wolfhound:
The Irish Wolfhound is such a large dog, we can’t quite decide if we are actually looking at a canine or if this is a horse in disguise! Irish Wolfhounds are the tallest dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, reaching up to three feet tall with all four paws on the ground. These huge dogs can also weigh up to 180 pounds. Because of their massive size, Irish Wolfhounds only have a lifespan of 6-10 years. But while they are alive, Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful dogs.
As the name may suggest, Irish Wolfhounds come from Ireland. This breed’s gigantic size and larger-than-life presence have inspired lots of Irish literature, poetry, and mythology dating back to the 6th century. That said, Irish Wolfhounds simply make wonderful companions and loving family dogs. They are most commonly described as sweet-tempered, thoughtful, loyal, patient, and generous.
The Skye Terrier:
For our next breed, we’re taking a quick trip from Ireland to Scotland. Hailing from the northwestern islands of Scotland, Skye Terriers have been around for at least four centuries. They are likely one of the oldest breeds of terrier currently in existence. Unfortunately, this breed is rare, not well known, and is currently listed as an “endangered dog breed” by the American Kennel Club.
But if you get the chance to love one of these furry and hardy terriers, we encourage you to seize the opportunity! Skye Terriers are some of the happiest little dogs you will ever meet, and are often characterized as being good-tempered, intelligent, fearless, friendly, and loyal. Plus, how can you not smile when you see a happy mop on four legs running to greet you?
The Austrian Pinscher:
Austrian Pinschers are medium-sized, pinscher-type dogs from Austria. Originally bred to act as watchdogs on farms, this devoted and alert breed does a great job of protecting its family. These dogs can be extremely affectionate with their families and want to be around them all the time. Their loving and playful natures make them suitable for relaxing at home, playing outside with the kids, or joining you on an outdoor workout. While Austrian Pinschers prioritize being with their people, they are still active dogs that enjoy time outside.
So, how will you know you’ve found an Austrian Pinscher? The breed comes in multiple colors, including brown, black, gold, red, and white. They often have different colored markings on the fur, usually around their face or chest. The breed is also recognized by its pear-shaped head and tails that curl over.
As recently as 1965, Chinooks were considered to be the world’s rarest dogs. You’ve probably never heard of Chinooks unless you are from New Hampshire, as these dogs were originally bred there and are now New Hampshire’s State dog. But what’s really cool is the fact that all Chinooks can all be linked back to and are named after one common ancestor, which is a dog named Chinook. Chinook was a sled dog belonging to Arthur T. Walden. Chinook was specifically bred to be the perfect lead dog for Walden’s sled team. Once Chinook proved he had all the qualities Walden was looking for, he was bred with German and Belgian shepherd working dogs, creating the Chinooks breed.
These gorgeous dogs are known to be intelligent and friendly. Their temperament is somewhat similar to huskies, except Chinooks are less mouthy, have a lower prey drive, and are generally more laid-back. They are excellent athletes and love being with their families. When fully grown, Chinooks are generally between 60 and 80 pounds, categorizing them as large-breed dogs.
With the American Kennel Club recognizing almost 200 dog breeds, we know there are more amazing canines in the world than we could even begin to cover in one article. But the next time you are looking for a new dog to adopt or are simply feeling curious, we encourage you to stray off the beaten path to learn about unusual and rare dog breeds! When you discover a lesser-known dog breed, you might as well be unearthing a hidden gem! Most importantly, you might just discover a new best friend that comes with unique characteristics, a fascinating history, and a special story to tell!