Monday, June 29, 2015

The pack has expanded: The Berger Picard, Lagotto Romagnolo and Miniature American Shepherd gain full recognition with AKC

Lagotto Romagnolo
The American Kennel Club announces the full recognition of the Berger Picard, Lagotto Romagnolo and the Miniature American Shepherd. This raises AKC’s total recognized breeds to 187.

--Hailing from France, the Berger Picard joins the Herding group. The Berger Picard is a medium-sized, athletic dog that was bred to be a working companion. This good-natured, loyal breed has a great deal of stamina and drive, requiring daily exercise and mental stimulation. These dogs need weekly brushing and occasional bathing. For more information, visit

--The Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy and joins the Sporting group. This breed is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is a high energy dog that loves to retrieve, swim, and play, needing daily exercise. The breed is intelligent, affectionate, and good with children. For more information, visit

--A small herding dog, the Miniature American Shepherd also joins the Herding group and was developed in the United States. These dogs are very athletic and energetic. They are eager to please, devoted, good-natured, and intelligent. While they only need weekly brushing, their full coat does shed several times a year. For more information, visit

All three breeds will be eligible to compete in AKC events beginning July 1, 2015.

To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service.

Additional information on the process can be found at

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