AKC Welcomes New Dog Breeds

The Russell Terrier gains full AKC recognition while three other breeds move into the Miscellaneous Class.

Posted: June 26, 2012, 12 p.m. EDT

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Russell TerrierFiona Cheever/Courtesy Nodie Williams

The American Kennel Club has expanded its litter of registered breeds to welcome the Russell Terrier. The breed will join the Terrier Group and will round up the AKC’s recognized breeds to 175 breeds. 

“The AKC is excited to welcome this adventurous terrier to the registry,” says AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “Energetic and full of life, the Russell Terrier will make a wonderful companion for active people.”

The Russell Terrier is feisty and playful with an enormous amount of energy and a strong instinct for hunting.  Originating in England and developed in Australia, the breed was used for fox hunting as well as finding vermin below ground.  They are small, confident, and highly intelligent dogs that are devoted and loving family companions.  Because of their energy and intensity, Russell Terriers do best
in a family with an active lifestyle.  Their weatherproof coat requires minimal grooming beyond brushing and occasional bathing.

Also moving up the ranks are the Coton de Tulear, Spanish Water Dog, and Miniature American Shepherd who will all be added to the AKC’s Miscellaneous class.

To become an AKC recognized breed there needs to be a certain number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club to watch over them.  Breeds waiting to gain full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service. More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s Web site.

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Carol - 10030   Silver Spring, MD

7/2/2012 2:14:06 PM

Great little dogs...good for them!

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Melian and Tiny   E, CA

6/27/2012 11:45:40 PM

Congratulations to the Russell Terrier.

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