The Chinook and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno are the two newest members of the American Kennel Club’s purebred registry, expanding AKC’s list of recognized breeds to 177.
"Both breeds are very athletic and will make great companions for those who love to stay active,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.
The Chinook has joined the Working Group. The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is in the Hound Group.
Chinooks were originally bred as sled dogs for drafting and sled racing in New Hampshire. In 2009, that state named the Chinook as its state dog. Chinooks are playful, highly trainable and happiest with active families. The dogs are good with kids and tend to get along with other canines. The breed has a tawny double coat requiring occasional brushing and bathing.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno breed has a wedge-shaped head and two coat types: smooth and wire. Pequenos were bred to hunt in harsh terrains, with rabbits as the typical prey. These small, intelligent dogs require regular exercise on a leash or in a fenced yard due to their chase instinct.
The AKC reports that two other breeds have joined its Miscellaneous Class: the Berger Picard and the Lagotto Romagnolo. For these breeds and others to receive full recognition from the AKC, a certain number of the dogs must be geographically distributed throughout the U.S. The breeds must also have well-established breed clubs. You can read more about the process at akc.org.
Read more about the Chinook and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno at their respective club websites.