American Kennel Club welcomes the Bracco Italiano

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has officially recognized another dog raise in his dog registry.

The AKC is the oldest dog registry in the United States. The organization has now welcomed the bracco Italiano to the group.

The former Italian bird-hunting dog is the club’s 200th member, the organization has announced. This means that powerful but good-natured pointers can now compete at many US dog shows for best in show. This includes the famous Westminster Kennel Club event in New York State.

The European breed dates back over 200 years. The AKC said it was introduced to America in the 1990s. It is sometimes called the Italian Pointer or Italian Pointer.

The bracco must be “hard and adapted to all types of hunting, reliablee, docile and smart,” the AKC said. He added that the breed is also friendly and not aggressive.

“They’re very easy to get along with and around,” said Lisa Moller, owner and bracco breeder from Portage, Wisconsin. But they’re also ready, she said, “when it’s time to jump in the back of the truck and go hunting, and they’ve got a job…”

She and her husband Dale depended on Labradors to help them hunt birds called pheasants. But, about five years ago, they encountered a bracco. The two noted the dog’s methodical way of hunting in the field and its gentle nature at home: “They’re very velcro,” Lisa Moller said.

Velcro is a material that attaches one thing to another.

Moller said bracchi Italiani have deep bark and easily spread it out to detect wildlife; so, “they may not be the right dog for everyone.”

AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo called the bracco a terrific dog for active families who can provide “the love and attention he needs.”

The AKC opened the nation’s oldest dog registry with nine breeds in 1878. Over the past 10 years, the club has added over 20 breeds.

There are still many breeds that are registered in other places but not by the AKC or not officially recognized at all. Some dog lovers don’t want exposure that AKC recognition brings to a breed.

Animal rights activists speak out against dog breeding. They argue that adding more breeds only increases the demand for purebred animals and the factory-like business that produces them.

The AKC says it supports responsible breeding. He says the goal is to retain important qualities in dogs that allow them to perform different types of activities. And, according to the group, it can make it easier for owners to find a dog they can live with for the long term.

I am Caty Weaver.

The Associated Press reported this story. Caty Weaver adapted it for VOA Learning English.

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words in this story

raise -not a kind of animal that has been produced by special breeding to produce babies with the same qualities

hard –adj. power work hard

adapt -v. at change behavior to respond to new conditions in a good way

type -not. a particular kind or group of things

reliable–adj sure

docile –adj. easily taught, directed or controlled

exposure -not. public attention or notice

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