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American Kennel Club recognizes two new dog breeds

By Marilyn Malara   |   Jan. 6, 2016 at 9:13 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The American Kennel Club has announced the addition of two dog breeds to its official roster, allowing these dogs to now compete in AKC-sponsored competitions.

The Sloughi, or Arabic Greyhound, and the American Hairless Terrier are the club's latest additions to the Hound and Terrier Groups, respectively.

Announced Tuesday, the two new dogs raise the number of club-recognized breeds to 189.

The Sloughi, a medium-sized, graceful dog, is described as "reserved," and "noble" by the AKC and harbors high-energy. The breed came to the United States during the 1970s after being developed for centuries in North Africa.

The American Hairless Terrier is the first hairless breed from the United States and is described as "energetic, alert, and curious," by the AKC. This breed is much younger than the Sloughi, having first been developed during the '70s using a rat terrier named Josephine, according to the American Hairless Terrier Club of America.

The new breeds may compete in all AKC shows except this year's Westminister Kennel Club, Fox reports.

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Posted by American Kennel Club on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
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