You might not know how to pronounce their names, but you’ll be able to see them compete in dog shows!
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
Here’s a hint: they’re pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn and NAY’-dehr-lahn-seh KOY’-kehr-hahnd-jeh!
The American Kennel Club announced on January 10th that they now officially recognize two more breeds: the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV). Their names are a bit of a mouthful, but it takes petitions, years of refining pedigree, clubs and breeds standards for the AKC to add a new breed to its registry. Requirements include having at least 300 dogs spread around a minimum of 20 states. The AKC, the oldest purebred dog registry, now recognizes 192 breeds!
The two new breeds are the first to be added since 2016! The last breeds added were the Pumi, the Sloughi, and the American Hairless Terrier.
Let’s meet the new breeds:
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje
The Kooiker joins the Sporting Group. Originally from Holland, Dutch nobility favored this breed. They’re small and playful and according to a breeder, D. Ann Knoop-Siderius whose husband is the president of the Kooikerhondje Club of the USA, “they’re actually like a toddler that never grows up…”
Playful and agile – you’d better keep an eye on these adorable dogs.
They were originally duck hunters and lured ducks into traps. Their breed almost went extinct during the Second World War, but a baroness made it her mission to bring them back.
Now, there are around 7000 around the world and 500 in the states. These swift and “sometimes naughty” dogs are made for agility competitions!
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
The GBGV joins the Hound Group and has centuries-long roots in Europe. Like its Basset relatives, the GBGV is low to the ground. They were bred to hunt rabbits and hares in France! They’re a chill dog but are known for their speed and stamina.
According to a GBGV owner, Megan Esherick, her GBGV, Juno, is a pretty laid back dog. “They’re happy to get up and do things if you ask them to, but they’re not particularly busy, in terms of pacing back and forth or throwing a ball in your lap,” she says.
All in all, both breeds are friendly and playful. They’re now eligible to compete in their respective groups! Hurray!