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50 Dog Breeds That Didn’t Exist 50 Years Ago

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One of the world’s newest dog breeds was unveiled this year in January by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest dog registry, marking the club’s 197th breed.

Here we look at dog breeds that were officially recognized by the AKC in the last 50 years.

Biewer terrier

Year recognized by AKC: 2021

The biewer terrier was recognized by the AKC back in January. While it falls in the toy dog category, this small breed has a “larger than life personality,” describes the AKC.

“In spite of their small stature, Biewer are hearty and athletic, able to keep up with the best of them on long walks, hikes or competing in the agility ring,” it adds.

Barbet

Year recognized by AKC: 2020

Defined by its signature dense curly coat, this rustic French water dog gets its name from its distinctive beard (“barbe” translates to beard in French). The cheerful, loyal and athletic breed was “used primarily to locate, flush, and retrieve birds,” according to the AKC.

Dogo Argentino

Year recognized by AKC: 2020

Dogo Argentino was accepted by the Belgium-based Fédération Cynologique Internationale as the first and only Argentinean breed back in 1973. This pack-hunting dog was bred “to find, chase and catch dangerous game.” It has “the strength, intelligence and quick responsiveness of a serious athlete,” AKC says.

A Parson Russell terrier seen at the Crufts dog show on March 10, 2007 in Birmingham, England in the U.K.
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Canaan

Year recognized by AKC: 1997

Canaan is the national dog of Israel and one of the AKC’s oldest breeds. These clever, confident and territorial dogs “will end up owning’ passive owners who haven’t established themselves as top dog in the family pack,” says the AKC.

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