The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced the full recognition of the American Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, raising the total number of AKC dog breeds to 189.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective AKC groups on January 1, 2016.
“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” said AKC spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family.”
Joining the Terrier group, the American Hairless Terrier is a small- to medium-sized active terrier. The breed comes in both a hairless and coated variety, although the coated dogs still carry the hairless gene.
Joining the Hound group, the Sloughi is a medium-sized, smooth-coated athletic sighthound. Originating from North Africa, its smooth coat requires weekly brushings.
To become an AKC recognized breed, there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club of owners and breeders.