(10 Jan 2018) A spirited Dutch duck-luring dog and a friendly French rabbit hound are now running with the American Kennel Club’s pack.
The club announced Tuesday that it’s recognizing the Nederlandse kooikerhondje (NAY’-dehr-lahn-seh KOY’-kehr-hahnd-jeh) and the grand basset griffon Vendeen (grahnd bah-SAY’ grihf-FAHN’ vahn-DAY’-ahn).
They’re eligible for many dog shows this year, but they can’t compete at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show until 2019.
The Nederlandse kooikerhondje was trained centuries ago to help Dutch hunters attract ducks into net-covered canals. The spirited, alert spaniel-style dogs neared extinction during World War II, before breeders brought them back.
The grand basset griffon Vendeen — or “GBGV,” for short — was developed to hunt hares. The small French hounds are known for their speed, stamina and happy nature.
The AKC is the nation’s oldest purebred dog registry and recognized 192 breeds.
For cat lovers, The International Cat Association, the world’s largest genetic registry, welcomed the longhair Bengal and the Lykoi to the championship classes this year.
“The long hair Bengal is a new variation on the leopard resembling Bengal cat. The Lykoi is often called the werewolf cat because of its sparse coat, big golden eyes and unique overall appearance,” said Anthony Hetcherson of The International Cat Association.
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