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American Hairless Terrier (L); Sloughi American Kennel Club

Two New Dog Breeds Join the American Kennel Club

Jan 05, 2016

Two new dog breeds have been added to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) official roster, the organization announced Tuesday.

The American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi joined the litter, after being fully recognized by the AKC, and will be able to compete in most AKC shows and competitions, including next year's Westminster Kennel Club dog show. The registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the U.S. now has 189 dog breeds including the additions.

“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family.”

The American Hairless Terrier is small to medium sized and is very active, officials said. The Sloughi is also athletic and needs a lot of exercise. It's a medium-sized natural hunter and runner. The canine is also somewhat high-maintenance when it comes to grooming. Its smooth coat requires daily brushing. “The breed is noble and somewhat reserved, with a gentle, melancholy expression,” the AKC said.

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