The American Kennel Club has two new members: the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi.
The American Hairless Terrier is small to medium in size, and weighs from 7 to 25 pounds. It comes in a variety of skin colors that include black, blue, pink, brown, tan, sable, and varying degrees of white. Because this is skin only, sunblock is recommended in the summer and shirts and coats when the weather is cold.
American Hairless Terriers are intelligent, curious, and energetic. Although they have a strong terrier hunting instinct, the lack of a coat makes them unsuitable for most outdoor activities. On the up side, the lack of fur or hair makes these dogs welcome in homes of allergy sufferers.
The second new member is the Sloughi. (SLOO-ghee), a sight hound that traces its roots to Northern Africa. The Sloughi was developed to hunt jackals, gazelles, and while pigs. Tall, graceful, and elegant, it has a sleek easy-care coat. Though polite with strangers, it is often territorial and can be slow to train thanks to it’s “what’s in it for me” attitude. Like other sight hounds, Sloughis have a strong instinct to chase other creatures that run and are often best in households that do not have other pets.
Because these are now new breeds, you may wonder what it takes to become a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
In short, the following general criteria must be met:
. There has to be enough of an interest in the breed for the formation of a national breed club that is supported by active members.
. There must be a sufficient breed population in the US of 300 to 400 dogs with a 3-generation pedigree.
. The breed must have a geographic distribution with dogs and owners located in 20 or more states.
. The AKC field staff has to review and approve the breed standard.
Now that you have met the newest members, look for them on February 15 and 16 to see if they make an appearance (and win) at the Westminster in New York City.