American Kennel Club inducts three new breeds
It's official, says the American Kennel Club: Three new dog breeds will join the dog-show party beginning Jan 1.
The Irish red-and-white setter will become a member of the sporting group, joining the closely-related Irish setter. (It's believed that the red-coated breed we know as the Irish setter is actually descended from the older red-and -white breed.)
The Pyrenean shepherd originated in France, where it was used to herd sheep alongside the similarly named Great Pyrenees (which were used as guards for the flocks). The breed first gained recognition outside France during World War I when "Pyr Sheps" were used for searc- and-rescue operations and as couriers. They come in two varieties: "rough-faced" and "smooth-faced."
The Norwegian buhund is a medium-sized Spitz-type dog. Used traditionally to herd sheep, the breed can still be found as a general around-the-farm dog in Norway. Both it and the Pyrenean shepherd will join the herding group.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: American Kennel Club