The American Kennel Club has recognized new breeds and most are not of the small, fluff type. These breeds of dogs can now be register with the AKC. While some of these dogs are only have a pedigree that stems from two seperate breeds, some have more in depth pedigrees that show ancestors from 3 generations back and further. Return to Top
Some of the new breeds recognized include the Stoic Cane Corso. The origins of the Cane is of Italian Mastifs descended from the Roman Canis Pugnaces, Cane Corsos were prized for hunting and fighting along military troops. Todays breed has developed a less combative demeanor. Corsos require regular mental stimulation as well as physical work. The mentality of these dogs is based on mutual respect. They will respect you by making them work for their affection, their food and attention. More information about the Cane Corso is available at: link:http://www.canecorso.org/
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Another breed recognized as a gentle giant is the Leonberger. This mix of Saint Bernard and Landseer Newfoundland is recognizable by his/her long fur and lion like mane. This dog has always been popular with German artists and leaders. These dogs carry special skills and have been trained as water rescue dogs. Despite their large size and massive strength they are Saint Bernard like friendly. Leos don't drool but love the combination of water and digging. If mud is not your thing, a Leo is not for you! Return to Top
The American Kennel Club has recognized the Icelandic Sheepdog. This workaholic was brought to Iceland by the Vikings and is one of the worlds oldest breeds. Used for herding live stock, horses, sheep and cattle. Not quite like most working dogs, the Icelandic Sheepdog adjust quickly to a home setting and will relax and sit at it's owners feet after a hard days work. These are very smart and active dogs. Best suited for herding, but tracking also piques their interest. Though this dog's temperament would make a great family dog, they do tend to shed a good deal of hair. Brushing your Icelandic Sheepdog at least once a week will reduce shedding through out you home. Return to Top
Another outdoorsy type is the Bluetick Coonhound. The Coonhound has it's origins from the French Staghound and is a descendent of the Grand de Gascogne (French staghound), as well as the English Foxhound. It is names for it's dark blue coat, which usually features black spots on it's ears and sides.
This dog is very compact with high energy levels and is considered athletic with compact and well rounded muscles. Known for their eyesight which is equally effective at night or day. They are known to enjoy walks in the woods in which they are right at home tormenting small animals in a wooded setting. Another dog who enjoys the outdoors and is superb protector is the Redbone Coonhound. Prior to the civil war these dogs were highly sought after by hunters who strived for these hounds that performed in the woods and cut striking poses. This breed is said to be a cross between the Bloodhound and the Foxhound with an outstanding ability to track. These dogs are considered prime search and rescue dogs with a strong personality to please. As with most hound dogs, they have a very expressive bark. Of the new entries into the AKC approves breeding is the Boykin Spaniel and highly athletic dog. The exact lineage of the Boykin is unknown but it is believed to come from the Spaniel family. Originally known to come from South Carolina where it was used to hunt Ducks and Wild Turkey by boat in the swampy South Carolina midlands. In the field they are ideal for flushing and retrieving. In the home setting they are loving and very loyal. This is a good dog to practice agility training with and is a great fit for the active lifestyles. Return to Top
The American Bully
Although the American Bully is not a new dog breed for 2011. However, in 2011 it is becoming more popular now than ever. The American Bully is a line of pit bull that was bred by selectively line breeding the American Pit Bull Terrier to achieve a short, wide, and stocky look. The American Bully's temperament is less aggressive with other dogs as in comparison to the original American Pit Bull Terrier. Both the original APBT and the American Bully are bred to be excellent dogs with people and children contrary to some media stories. The American Bully was created in the United States and originated in Virginia as well as in Los Angeles California. Some of the originating bloodlines included greyline, gottline, as well as razors edge. These bloodline are very popular to this day. However, they look of these dogs has changed dramatically since their early ancestors. Many of the first American Bully dogs were not as large as the ones you see today.
The American Bully, is still considered an American Pit Bull Terrier by the United Kennel Club. However, there is a new registry for the American Bully know as the ABKC (American Bully Kennel Club) Return to Top