Get excited, dog lovers! The American Kennel Club officially recognized two new breeds of dogs today—the Sloughi and the American Hairless Terrier.
The Sloughie is a member of the Hound Group, and according to the AKC, is “reserved, graceful and noble.” They’re also sometimes called Arabian Greyhounds. The American Hairless Terrier is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a hairless member of the Terrier Group. It also has the distinction of being the very first hairless dog breed originating in the United States. The AKC describes these hairless cuties as being “energetic, alert and curious.”
Even though the two breeds are just now being recognized by the AKC, they’ve actually both been around for quite a while. Like other greyhound varieties, the Sloughie is an ancient breed, first mentioned in a book by Moroccan writer Al Mansur dating all the way back to the 13th century. Sloughies didn’t arrive in the U.S. until 1979 though, when Kaethe and Carl Rodarty brought one named Tagiurie el Sian (very fancy name, no?) into the country.
With the ’70s also came the world’s first American Hairless Terrier (and disco, but that’s another story). A small hairless dog named Josephine was born as part of a litter of Rat Terriers. She produced another hairless puppy of her own, and basically an entirely new breed started. Josephine is the four-legged mother figure of the modern American Hairless Terrier.
To be recognized by the American Kennel Club, a breed’s National Club must submit a written request and meet all sorts of criteria, including having at least 100 dogs in the U.S. The Sloughie and the American Hairless Terrier are super handsome dogs. We congratulate them on being officially official! *tosses confetti*
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