New York, NY
The American Kennel Club recently announced the addition of three new purebred dog breeds to the list the organization recognizes. These include the Berger Picard, Miniature American Shepherd and the Italian Lagotto Romagnolo.
While it is unlikely you will encounter these rare breeds on a visit to your local dog park, one might catch a glimpse of them competing in the AKC’s annual Westminster Dog Show.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a small herding breed similar to the very popular Australian Shepherd, originating in the United States. The Berger Picard, a French native, is an amicable, medium sized herding dog often seen on farms. The final addition, the Lagotto Romagnolo, is a very unique and rare breed of Italian origin. It’s role, in addition to being a sporting dog, has been to hunt for truffles, a rare and quite expensive delicacy.
More than 180 purebred dog breeds are currently recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Deborah Moore, Dogs Central
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