This year the AKC has recognized 3 new dog breeds that will be eligible to compete at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship in 2013 and at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February 2014. Another 15 breeds are waiting on deck in the miscellaneous class to become full-fledged AKC recognized dog breeds and eligible to compete in one of the seven groups (working, sporting, non-sporting, hound, terrier, toy and herding). Meet the New Breeds Couretsy of AKC.org http://www.akc.org/breeds/chinook/index.cfm The first of our new AKC recognized breeds is the home grown sled dog, the Chinook . This breed was developed in 1900 in New Hampshire by the Polar explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden. The name, Chinook, is derived from an Inuit word which means warm winter wind. Seeking to create a powerful draft dog with intelligence, trainability, speed and agility, the breed was developed by crossing mastiffs (draft dogs) with the Greenland Husky and the Belgian and German shepherds.