AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB CELEBRATES ITS 200TH RECOGNIZED BREED – American Kennel Club
The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading dog advocate, is delighted to announce that the Bracco Italiano has received full recognition and is the AKC’s 200.e raise. The Bracco Italiano is eligible to compete in the sport group.
“We at the AKC are thrilled to welcome our 200th breed to the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary. “The Bracco Italiano is a strong, active and hardy dog breed that would make a great companion for active families. The breed loves people and would be best suited to a family that can give it the love and attention it needs. We always encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.
Joining the Sporting group, the Bracco Italiano is an ancient breed. It is one of two native hunting dogs in Italy and its history dates back to the fourth or fifth century. The Bracco Italiano is a hunter, pointer and retriever developed to meet the needs of hunters. Bracchi is tireless on the pitch. They are powerful and need daily exercise. They also thrive on human companionship and are loyal, affectionate, and playful. These dogs are known to be sensitive and gentle and become close friends with children. Their short coats are easy to maintain, requiring only a few minutes of brushing each week to keep the coat in good condition.
AKC Recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC sports and events, as there are more than 22,000 held each year. A newly recognized breed does not mean that the breed is newly created. Many breeds that get full recognition from the AKC have been around for decades, and some are ancient. To become an AKC recognized breed, there must be active following and interest in the breed from owners in the United States and an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. There must also be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the country. Breeds in the process of being fully recognized are registered in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®). Additional information about the process is available at www.akc.org.
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