The Newest Dog Breed You’ve Probably Never Heard Of – 24/7 Wall St.

Almost every year, the American Kennel Club, the nation’s purebred dog registry, officially recognizes one or more new breeds and adds them to the club’s roster. The verification process is quite rigorous. There are over 340 known dog breeds in the world, but as of 2021 the AKC has officially recognized 197 breeds.

To identify the newest dog breeds, 24/7 Tempo reviewed all newly recognized dog breeds since 2000 by the AKC. Information on breed group, temperament, and life expectancy also comes from the AKC.

A potential breed must have a demonstrated American following, i.e. there must be a national club of at least 100 members. There must also be a substantial population in the country of at least 300 to 400 dogs of the same breed and all with a three generation pedigree.

There are also geographic requirements. The breed must be found in 20 or more states. Other considerations include observations from AKC field staff, competitions, and specialty broadcasts. The process often takes years.

These requirements are a big reason why the AKC has only recognized 52 new breeds since the turn of the century (and none in 2002, 2005, and 2017).

Many people adopt their dogs as puppies and form bonds that last a lifetime. But it takes a lot of training, and some dogs respond better to commands than others – these are the hardest dog breeds to train.