The Mudi and the Russian toy
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Two new dogs join the pack.
On Tuesday, the American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest registry of purebred dogs, announced that two new dog breeds have recently received full recognition.
Mudi and Russian Toy dogs can now register with the AKC, making breeds eligible to compete in American dog shows such as the Westminster Dog Show, the National Dog Show, and the AKC National Champio ship. The Mudi will be eligible to compete in the Herding Group at US dog shows, while the Russian Toy is eligible for the Toy Group.
With the addition of this duo, the AKC now officially recognizes 199 dog breeds.
“We are delighted that two unique breeds are joining the registry,” AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement. “The Mudi, a medium-sized sheepdog, is a great pet for an active family that is committed to keeping this worker busy, and the loving little Russian toy thrives on being close to its humans, which makes it more of a lifesaver. makes a wonderful companion for an owner who can always be with the dog, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.
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As well as being a herding dog, the Mudi are loyal and energetic. According to the AKC, the breed is an all-purpose farm dog that originated in Hungary. Mudis are patient with stubborn cattle, protectors of their owner’s property, and calm and loving inside the house. The breed requires minimal grooming, needing only occasional bathing and brushing.
The Russian toy dates back to the Russian aristocracy, so it’s no surprise that these puppies are known to be stylish, cheerful, and lively. The breed can be aloof with strangers but love to snuggle up with their family and often have a strong desire to please their owners. Unlike the Mudi, the Russian Toy requires regular gro ing. Long-haired Mudis should be brushed several times a week and given monthly baths. Smooth coated Mudis require weekly brushing and occasional bathing.
“To become an AKC-recognized breed, there must be active tracking and interest in the breed by owners in the United States as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” explained AKC on its process in a recent press release.
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Animal lovers can now be on the lookout for these breeds at AKC sanctioned events. To learn more about the Mudi, Russian Toy, or any of the 197 other AKC-recognized breeds, visit the American Kennel Club website.