American Kennel Club Adds 2 Breeds to Purebred Dog Registry

The American Kennel Club kicked off 2022 by adding the Mudi to its registry of purebred dogs. This medium-sized sheepdog is considered a “loyal”, “intelligent” and “active” breed. (American Kennel Club)

The American Kennel Club adds two breeds to its register of purebred dogs.

In a press release on Tuesday, the AKC announced that they have officially recognized the Mudi and the Russian Toy as purebred dogs.

“We are thrilled to have two unique breeds join the registry,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “The Mudi, a means breeding dog, makes a great pet for an active family committed to keeping that worker busy, and the loving little Russian toy thrives on being close to his humans, making a wonderful companion for an owner who can be with the dog a lot. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”

Mudis originated in Hungary and were first recorded in the 19th century, according to the AKC. The breed has curly fur that can be black, brown, gray, yellow, or gray-brown. Mudis are also defined by their unique merle markings and “loyal” behavior. The AKC’s breed registry indicates that the Mudi “likely evolved naturally” from the crossbreeding of the Puli, Pumi, and German Spitz breeds.

Owners of a Mudi can expect their pet to measure up to 18.5 inches, weigh between 18 and 29 pounds, and live for up to 14 years.


The American Kennel Club kicked off 2022 by adding the Russian Toy to its registry of purebred dogs. This little terrier is said to be a ‘loyal’, ‘smart’ and ‘charming’ breed. (American Kennel Club)

Russian Toys are small terriers that were bred in Russia from the pre-existing English Toy breed. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Russian toys evolved to be the lean, cheerful breed that people know today. Historical records show that Russian Toys were prized companion dogs for Russian aristocrats and other nobles across Europe, including Countess Yuliya Samoilova (1803 to 1875) and Queen Alexandra (1844 to 1925) – wife of King Edward VII.

According to the AKC, purebred Russian toys typically have short, double-coated fur. Although some longhaired Russian toys do exist, it’s not as common, according to the AKC’s breed registry. The fur of this “charming” breed can vary from red, red and brown, sable red, brown and tan, black and tan, and blue and tan. Owners of a Russian toy can expect their pet to stand up to 11 inches tall, weigh up to 6.5 pounds, and live to be 14 years old.

The AKC’s recognition of the Mudi and the Russian Toy brings the dog group’s purebred registry to 199. The last dog breed to be officially recognized by the organization was the Biewer Terrier, which was added to the list from the AKC in 2021.

AKC-recognized dogs can “compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events,” the kennel club said.

According to the group’s press release, “To become an AKC-recognized breed, there must be active following and interest in the breed from owners in the United States, as well as an established breed club. of responsible owners and breeders. There must also be a sufficient dog population in the United States geographically distributed throughout the country.”

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