3 new dog breeds rec­og­nized by US group

The China Post - - LIFE - BY JEN­NIFER PELTZ

Three new dog breeds — an Ital­ian truf­fle-snif­fer, a French sheep herder nur­tured back from near-ex­tinc­tion and a small Cal­i­for­nian shep­herd — have joined the ros­ter of the main U.S. group reg­is­ter­ing dog pedi­grees.

The lagotto Ro­mag­nolo, the berger Pi­card and the minia­ture Amer­i­can shep­herd will be el­i­gi­ble as of July 1 to com­pete in the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club’s shows and ca­nine sports com­pe­ti­tions, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Mon­day.

With the new­com­ers, the AKC’s pedi­greed pack now con­sists of 187 breeds, and the three new ones rep­re­sent some of its di­ver­sity of at­tributes and his­to­ries.

“What they have in com­mon is that they all make great fam­ily pets, and the key is to find the traits and char­ac­ter­is­tics within a breed that work best with your lifestyle,” club spokes­woman Gina DiNardo said.

The shaggy, en­er­getic berger Pi­card dates back cen­turies in north­ern France, but it was al­most killed off dur­ing the world wars and re­mains rare.

The lagotto Ro­mag­nolo is a medi­um­sized dog with a curly coat, an affectionate de­meanor and a nose for truf­fles.

Small and ath­letic, the minia­ture Amer­i­can shep­herd re­sem­bles the Aus­tralian shep­herd. In­tel­li­gent and good-na­tured, the mini shep­herds can func­tion read­ily as ranch herders or city pets.

Cri­te­ria for recog­ni­tion in­clude hav­ing sev­eral hun­dred dogs of the breed na­tion­wide.

Some an­i­mal-rights ad­vo­cates urge peo­ple to adopt mixed-breed dogs in­stead of pur­su­ing pure­breds. The AKC says breed char­ac­ter­is­tics of­fer pre­dictabil­ity, help­ing own­ers make last­ing matches with dogs.

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1.This De­cem­ber 2012 photo pro­vided by the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club shows a minia­ture Amer­i­can shep­herd in Or­lando, Florida. 2. This De­cem­ber 2013 photo pro­vided by the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club shows a berger Pi­card in Or­lando. 3. This De­cem­ber 2012 photo pro­vided by the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club shows a lagotto Ro­mag­nolo dog in Or­lando.

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