Six breeds have been added to the list recognised by the American Kennel Club and are now eligible to compete in conformation shows like next week’s Westminster Kennel Club show. They are:
The American English Coonhound evolved from Virginia Hounds, themselves descendents of English Foxhounds.
The Cesky Terrier originated in the Czech Republic. It is well-muscled, short legged terrier developed to be worked in packs.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a herding dog native to Switzerland.
The Finnish Lapphund, a reindeer herding breed from Scandinavia. This breed is thought to have existed for hundreds of years and is known for its strong devotion to family.
The Norwegian Lundehund is a Spitz-type dog that has at least six toes and was used for hunting puffins (birds) that were a meat and feather crop in Norway (before the birds were protected).
The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) but usually abbreviated to the “Show Low,” is an ancient breed from Mexico. It comes in three sizes (toy, miniature and standard) and two varieties (hairless and coated). This breed is known for their intelligence.