The Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger have become the 165th, 166th, and 167th breeds recognized by the AKC. The Icelandic Sheepdog will join the Herding Group while both the Cane Corso and Leonberger will join the Working Group. The new breeds became eligible for registration on the 1st June 2010 and are eligible for competitions from June 30th 2010.
"These three diverse breeds all share rich and unique histories and a dedicated group of fanciers in the United States," said AKC Spokesperson, Lisa Peterson. "We are delighted to grant them full AKC recognition and watch as each breed continues to thrive and grow."
The Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed and is distinguished by his noble, majestic and powerful presence. One of two native Italian "mastiff type" dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the Cane Corso was and continues to be a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as wild boar. Intelligent, the Cane Corso is easily trained, and affectionate to his owner while loving with children and family.
Playful, friendly and inquisitive, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and agile dog. Slightly under medium size with prick ears and a curled tail, the breed has two coat types, long and short, and happens to be Iceland?s only native dog. The Icelandic Sheepdog adapted its working style to Iceland?s local terrain and farming techniques since its arrival to the country in AD 874 ? 930. This adaption made the breed indispensable to the Icelandic people. Today, the Icelandic Sheepdog is increasing in popularity, and while still small in numbers, is no longer close to extinction.
Despite its lion-like looks and large size, the Leonberger is actually quite light on its feet and graceful in motion. A calm, non?aggressive breed, the Leonberger was originally bred as a family, farm and draft dog. Today the breed excels as a multi?purpose working dog but the most important task is being a reliable family companion. In fact, Leonbergers are often called the "nanny" dog because of their affinity for children. Interestingly enough, they have been featured on stamps in European countries as well.
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