American Kennel Club adds 2 breeds to the purebred dog registry

The American Kennel Club kicked off 2022 by adding the Mudi to its purebred dog registry. This medium sized herding dog is said to be a “loyal”, “intelligent” and “active” breed. (American Kennel Club)

The American Kennel Club adds two races to its register of purebred dogs.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the AKC announced that it has officially recognized the Mudi and Russian Toy as purebred dogs.

“We are delighted that two unique breeds are joining the registry,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “The Mudi, an average herd dog, makes a great pet for an active family determined to keep this worker busy, and the loving little Russian toy thrives on being close to its humans, making it a wonderful companion for an owner who can be around the dog a lot. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle. “

Mudis are originally from Hungary and were first recorded in the 19th century, according to the AKC. The breed has curly fur which can be black, brown, gray, yellow, or gray-brown. Mudis are also defined by its unique merle brands and “fair” demeanor. The AKC breed register indicates that the Mudi probably “evolved naturally” from the crossing of the Puli, Pumi and German Spitz breeds.

Owners of a Mudi can expect their pet to grow up to 18.5 inches, weigh between 18 and 29 pounds, and live up to 14 years of age.


The American Kennel Club kicked off 2022 by adding the Russian toy to its purebred dog registry. This little terrier is said to be a “loyal”, “intelligent” and “charming” breed. (American Kennel Club)

Russian Toys are small terriers that were bred in Russia from the pre-existing English Toy breed. Between the 18th and the 19th century, Russian toys evolved to be the lean, cheerful breed that people know today. Historical documents show that Russian toys were prized companion dogs of Russian aristocrats and other nobles across Europe, including Countess Yuliya Samoilova (1803-1875) and Queen Alexandra (1844-1925) – the wife of King Edward VII.

According to the AKC, purebred Russian toys usually have short, double-coated fur. While there are Russian long-haired toys, this is not as common, according to the AKC Breed Register. The fur of this “charming” breed can range from red, red and brown, sable red, brown and tan, black and tan, and blue and tan. Russian toy owners can expect their pet to grow up to 11 inches, weigh up to 6.5 pounds, and live for up to 14 years.

AKC recognition of the Mudi and Russian Toy brings the purebred dog group register to 199. The last dog breed to be officially recognized by the organization was the Biewer Terrier, which was added to the list. AKC in 2021.

Dogs recognized by the AKC can “compete at all levels of AKC sanctioned events,” according to the Kennel Club.

According to the group’s press release, “To become an AKC Recognized breed, there must be active tracking and interest in the breed by owners in the United States as well as an established breed club of owners and responsible breeders. There must also be a dog population in the United States distributed geographically across the country. “

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