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New Dog Breeds Recognized By AKC In 2016

Updated on March 19, 2016

The American Kennel Club

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a non-profit organization and the largest registry of purebred dogs in the U.S. The club was founded in 1884, to maintain the registry of purebred dog pedigrees and promotes and sanctions events for purebred dogs. It has listed 187 dog breed till 2015. And Added 2 new dog breeds on January 2016. Also, it organizes many dog shows and events, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, an annual event which predates the official forming of the AKC, the National Dog Show.

Criteria To Get AKC Recognized

Around 400 dog breeds are recognized by National Kennel Clubs, but AKC Recognize only 189 breeds, including the two new breeds added since January 2016. AKC has its own criteria and standard to register new breeds. The AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) is the AKC's recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration.

American Kennel Club
American Kennel Club | Source

To get AKC recognized breed must be recorded with an accepted registry (maintained by the national breed club or the optional AKC Foundation Stock Service) and Breed Club must send application along with details such as a written history,written breed standard and photographs. After receiving details the Staff Executive Committee will take a decision, to allow or deny the request.
Reffer the AKC site for more information to know the criteria about Miscellaneous classes about being eligible for consideration to become an AKC recognized breed.

New Dog Breeds Recognized in January, 2016

North African hound "sloughi" and "American Hairless Terrier".
North African hound "sloughi" and "American Hairless Terrier". | Source

On January 5th, 2016, AKC vice president “Gina DiNardo” declared that two unique dog breeds are added to AKC family. The American Hairless Terrier and ancient North African hound “Sloughi”, also known as Arabian greyhound are the new members.

1. The American Hairless Terrier


The American Hairless Terrier is a medium sized strong and healthy, rare terrier dog, which was derived as a variant of Rat Terrier. In 1972 first hairless puppy named Josephine appeared in a Rat Terrier litter in the state of Louisiana, United States and since then foundation of this breed was started. Most of hairless dogs have common dental issue, but The American Hairless Terrier does not have dental issues and is an intelligent, alert, playful, affectionate and loving dog that is good with children that make a great companion dog and an excellent dog for allergic people.

Physical Traits


Origin: America
Weight: In between 6.4 – 8.2 kg (Adult)
Height: 18 – 46 cm (Adult)
Life span: 2.5 – 12 kg (Adult)
Category: Working Breed (Terrier)

Breed History and Recognition

First Owners:

Edwin and Willie Scott were the first owner of rare “Hairless rat Terrier” in 1972.
From, the state of Louisiana, United States.

Breed Development and Recognition:

  • In year 1972: The distinct American Hairless Terrier breed development was started.
  • In year 1981: First Litter provided the foundation stock of the breed.
  • In year 1998: Got recognition as the American Hairless Terrier (AHT), by the American Rare Breeds Association and the National Rat Terrier Club.
  • January 1999: They got first recognition outside the US, by Canadian Rarities
  • January 2004: The United Kennel Club deemed the AHT a separate terrier breed
  • January 2016: Achieved full AKC recognition.

2. The Sloughi or North African hound

Sloughi | Source

The Sloughi belongs to the Sighthound family, originated from North Africa. Mainly it is found in Morocco and can be found in smaller numbers elsewhere in North Africa and also recognized with nickname Berber Greyhound, Sloughi Moghrebi. The Sloughi has a robust genetic health, self-caring nature and quick learning ability. Many breeders have a believe that it can be a close relative of “Egyptian Salukis” but its genetic test confirmed that it doesn’t have any relation with them.

Exceptional Speed and Stamina


The Sloughi is known for its exceptional speed and stamina, It was used by nomads as a hunting companion, and to hunt wild hare, pig, fox, deer, gazelle and other small desert-dwelling mammals and birds. Sloughi can chase its prey up to miles of desert and have excellent running speed like Salukis and other greyhounds.

Physical Traits

Sloughi | Source

Origin: North Africa (Morocco)
Weight: In between 45-50 pounds.
Height: Average 26-29 inches.
Life span: 2.5 – 12 kg (Adult)
Category: Sight hounds

Breed History and Recognition

  • In year 1997: The American Kennel Club (AKC) welcomed the Sloughi into its Foundation Stock Service.
  • In year 2004: Allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned Companion Events.
  • In year 2006: Accepted into AKC Performance Events.
  • January 2010: The American Sloughi Association (ASLA), recognized as the breed’s official Parent Club by AKC.
  • January 2011: Received Hound Recognition and allowed to compete at AKC all-breed Conformation Events.
  • January 2016: Achieved full AKC recognition.


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