The latest additions—the Barbet and Dogo Argentino—bring the club's total tally to 195 different canines.

By Nashia Baker
January 03, 2020

Here's a piece of interesting news for dog lovers: the American Kennel Club (AKC) just announced that two dogs, the Barbet and the Dogo Argentino, are now officially joining the list of recognized breeds. According to CNN, the Barbet is part of the "sporting" dog breed group and is known for being smart and friendly. The Dogo Argentino, on the other hand, is classified as a "working" dog for its abilities to hunt big animals like boars and mountain lions, the AKC stated.

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Though both dogs are wonderful family pets, they share different personality traits. If you're searching for a more laid-back pup that will curl up with you on the couch, the Barbet, above, is best; they have soft, curly fur (perfect for snuggling!) and feel a deep love for family. "The Barbet is loyal and loves to be near its owners," the AKC notes.

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The AKC explained that the Dogo Argentino, below, is just as fit for family life—but the breed exhibits a more vibrant, outgoing personality, which makes the dog type better for more active lifestyles: "Dogos are confident, courageous, loyal, and affectionate with their family."

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These dog breeds made it on the list for recognized breeds based on specific regulations by the AKC. The organization requires there to be at least 300 to 400 dogs of a particular breed in a minimum of 20 states to be considered. In addition, there has to be an established breed club for an individual dog that includes owners and breeders. The AKC, which now boasts 195 dog breeds with the inclusion of the Barbet and Dogo Argentino, then allows breeds to become eligible to join events and clubs associated with the organization.

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