Recognized by AKC was 3 breeds including Icelandic Sheepdog

Posted by PauloS on 07/21/2010

As of Wednesday morning, the American Kennel Club has officially recognized the Icelandic Sheepdog, Cane Corso and Leonberger. Being officially AKC recognized means these breeds can compete in AKC events Is AKC recognition going to end up benefiting the breeds, though?

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Being AKC recognized and what it means

Now that the Icelandic Sheepdog, Cane Corso and Leonberger have all been recognized by the AKC, there could be changes. The American Kennel Club is a registration club that recognizes purebred dog pedigrees. It is the only non-profit registry business. By adding the Icelandic Sheepdog, Leonberger and Cane Corso, the AKC registry list is up to 166 separate breeds.

Icelandic Sheepdog info

The Icelandic Sheepdog was brought to Iceland about 1,000 years ago. A part of the spitz family, the Icelandic Sheepdog is an old breed that has been a hard working breed for a very long time. The dogs have a great work ethic.

Cane Corso information

The Cane Corso is a rare breed. This mastiff-family dog was brought back by dedicated breeders. Intelligent, very easily trained and at times very defensive, these dogs are highly prized in Italy, which is where they originated.

All about the Leonberger

A German breed of dog named for Leonberg, Germany, the Leonberger has a mane. They are large and are used as pets or water rescue dogs.

The financial impact the AKC has

The financial and social impact of the AKC is often under heavy debate. The American Kennel Club says canine health is supported by it. The AKC has been criticized though for encouraging pedigrees and breed tracking. Pedigreed puppies sell for a number of hundred or thousand dollars. The medical troubles from pedigreed breeding can also be very expensive for owners to care for. While pedigreed breeds could be a hint of the personality and features of a breed, it is by no means a guarantee. If you are looking for a pet for any purpose other than competing in dog shows, it may be better to look into shelter animals first, before spending thousands of dollars on an "AKC registered" animal.