Barbet, Dogo Argentino Are Two Dog Breeds Newly Recognized by the AKC
The American Kennel Club announced that the Barbet and Dogo Argentino are joining their official registry.
Put your paws together, because there are officially two new dog breeds for you to love. On Tuesday, the American Kennel Club (AKC) announced that the Barbet and the Dogo Argentino were joining their registry, which means they'll be able to participate in competitions. These new additions bring the number of dog breeds officially recognized by the AKC up to 192.
The organization describes the Barbet as a medium-sized dog from France that was originally used to hunt waterfowl. They're smart, so they require mental stimulation and their activity levels are described as "moderate." Their thick, curly locks don't shed, meaning they're hypoallergenic. They're friendly, loyal, even-tempered, and love to be around their owners, so they'd make a good family dog. Oh, and for those curious, it's pronounced bar-bay, as it comes from the French word barbe, meaning "beard."
The Dogo Argentino, on the other hand, is a hunting dog from Argentina that was originally used to sniff out big game like boar and mountain lions. Strong and powerful, they are also loyal, courageous, and humble. The AKC notes that they are "not for an inexperienced dog owner," however, as they tend to be protective and territorial and need a lot of exercise and socialization. The Dogo Argentino is also a big dog breed—these pups typically weigh 80 to 100 pounds, so they'll need quite a bit of kibble, too.
"We're happy to have the Barbet and Dogo Argentino as part of AKC's family of recognized breeds," AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. "Both are unique, offering dog lovers very different choices. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the best breed for their lifestyle when looking to add a dog to their home."
And of course, you don't need to get a purebred in order to find your new best friend!