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AKC Recognizes 2 New Dog Breeds in 2014

Learn more about the Coton De Tulear
This year the American Kennel Club has allowed two new breeds to join their roster of pure bred dogs.  The Wirehaired Vizsla has joined the Sporting Group while the darling Coton De Tulear has entered the Non-Sporting Group.


The Coton De Tulear


This tiny fluffy dog is the national dog of Madagascar, where the breed originated. Named for its cottony white coat, "Coton" and the Port of Madagascar, Tulear, these charming dogs have graced Madagascar's
national stamps.

The breed standard calls for a gay and light-hearted dog that is never demanding. The tail is carried happily over the back and the proportions of the dog are slightly longer that tall.  

The expression of the Coton is a smiling one that expresses "joie de vivre." The temperament of the breed is marked by a unique sympathy to the emotions of those around them. They are also known for their unique vocalizations which may include unusual grunts and growls.  Bred purely as companion dogs, the Coton listens well when spoken to and often tries to answer.

Overall the coat is dense, dry and cottony, never harsh. It should be white, with occasional light tan or grey shading on the ears or back.  On the body, the light color should not cover more than 5% of the dog.


The Wirehaired Viszla 

Learn more about the Wirehaired Vizsla 


Developed in the 1940's in Hungary from the standard Hungarian Viszla, hunters were seeking a sturdier dog with a coat that could stand up to the harsh Hungarian winters. They possess a dense wiry coat with bearded facial furnishings and "eyebrows." 

The wirehaired vizsla has an excellent sense of smell and is a great tracker of things made of fur or feathers. Sturdily built, these dogs cover ground easily in all terrains.

The wirehaired vizsla is biddable and easy to train and handle.  As sensitive dogs, they do not respond well to heavy-handed treatment.   Lively and gentle, they make excellent companions. 

With these two additions to their rooster, the AKC now recognizes 180 pure breeds.

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