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The AKC Just Recognized This New Breed

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For next year’s Westminster, the competition for best in show just got tougher.

The American Kennel Club just announced a new breed it is recognizing. The pumi (pronounced POOM’-ee) will be the 190th breed to join the AKC’s roster.

Originally from Hungary, the dog is a working breed, known for herding sheep, cattle and swine. Standing 15 and 18 inches in height and weighing between 20 and 30 pounds, The pumi has corkscrew-like curls, a slight flop in his ears and is known for his “whimsical expression.” Because they have jobs, they are active, alert and have a strong work ethic.

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“We’re thrilled to have the Pumi receive full AKC recognition,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a statement.  “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity.”

The pumi will be joining two other new additions. The American hairless terrier and the sloughi, a hound – both of which were recognized this past January. For the AKC to even consider letting a breed enter its club, there must be a least 300 dogs in the U.S., be in at least 20 states and at a minimum have 100 households form a national club focused only on that breed. (There is other criteria, too.)

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