On Jan. 5th the American Kennel Club announced they are recognizing 2 new breeds, pushing the count of AKC breeds to 189. As of now they are welcome to compete in most AKC shows and competitions, with the exception of Westminster Kennel Club, which they can compete in next year. Let's take a moment to get introduced to these awesome additions; the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, also known as the Arabian Greyhound.
Sloughi, aka Arabian Greyhound
The statuesque Sloughi, shown in photo above, hails from North Africa, mainly Morocco, but found in smaller numbers around North Africa. Its origins are thought to be in Ethiopia, and there is evidence that they were given as gifts to Pharaohs from Nubia.
The Sloughi is short-haired, medium sized, and strong. Its coloring varies from light sand to a mahogany. Generally, the breed is in excellent health well into old age.
These can be good family dogs, though they need space to run and exercise. They tend to be sensitive and respond well to friendly training with no punishment.
This hairless wonder got its roots in Louisiana, when a couple of breeders happened upon the traits when a hairless pup was produced in a litter of Rat Terriers in 1972. Her look and temperament were found likable, and, using her to breed more, eventually had a foundation stock in 1981.
These canines come in a variety of colors, from white to black and in between. They are a smaller breed, standing 7–18 inches and weighing 7–25 lbs. Because they are hairless they need extra protection from the sun, using sunscreen or shirt.
The AHT's are very athletic and enjoy agility games. They are good watch dogs and very intelligent. There is some indecision about whether or not they are good family pets, mostly because of their size and the chance of getting hurt by young children.
Why Dogs Bark, and 3 Bark Collar Myths“Before you resign yourself to life with constant barking, there are a few things you can try first.
DOT Allows Airlines to Prohibit Emotional Support Animals“The main focus has been on how the new rules have affected ESAs, but anyone who’ll be flying with a service animal may have some adjustments to make as well.”
Training Tips with Positive Pet™Instead of yelling, use Positive Pet to help train those unwanted behaviors away!
Deaf Dogs 101“Deaf dogs can be just as amazing and loving as any other dog, they just need a little bit more patience, training and care.
Doggie Delites — Heart Healthy Dog Treats
We want your dog to be happy and healthy this new year, so here's a great treat to start your new year off just right. Your dog will surely be begging for more! Recipe: 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (be sure to check the label)1/4 cup honey1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or olive oil)1 cup chicken broth1 cup rolled oats1 cup whole wheat flour1 cup all-purpose flour Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, oil, and the chicken broth-whisk them together until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flours and the oats. Mix the...