AKC Recognizes 2 New Dog Breeds in 2022


AKC has just announced its 200th breed which is Bracco Italiano. The announcement was made on July 6th, 2022. Bracco Italiano is one of the oldest pointer breeds and was brought to the US in the 1990s.

Bracco Italiano means Italian Pointing Dog in the Italian language.

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Russian Toy Dog and Mudi were already in consideration for the last couple of years as they were eligible to be recognized by the AKC. And on January 5, 2022, the AKC announced to register these 2 breeds in their registry.

Previously, there were a total of 194 dog breeds recognized by the AKC but now the number has increased to 196. These breeds exist for a long time in the US but could not be registered with the AKC. The last breed added to the AKC registry was Biewer Terrier in January 2021.

Given below are some quick facts about both breeds.

Russian Toy Dog:

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Russian Toy, Russkiy Toy, or Moscow Toy are all the given names for this unique-looking dog. It is one of the smallest dogs in the world and AKC declared it a member of the Toy Group of dogs in their registry.

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Physical appearance:

This beautiful dog resembles a small deer. It has a smooth and hairy coat that may be long or short in length. It has an athletic body with a long neck while the muzzle is flatter and small.

The Russian Toy dog has big and expressive almond-shaped eyes. These dogs come in various colors such as black & tan, red, dark, and sable. The solid-colored coat may have white patches on the chest and toes.


Affectionate, smart, loyal, and playful are all the common traits of the Russian Toy dog. It is one of the most preferable family dogs, getting this dog will fill your life with a bunch of happiness.

Furthermore, it is an active breed and known to be trained very easily. Overall, it is an ideal family dog, as well as, a wonderful companion dog.

Height & Weight:

The height of the Russian toy dog will be 8 to 10 inches tall while the weight may vary between 3 to 6 lbs.

Life Expectancy:

Generally, it is a healthy breed, having around 11-12 years of life. It may live even more than the said years if it doesn’t develop any serious health issues.

The Mudi:

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The Mudi dog is the second breed recognized by the AKC registry. Its heritage can be found in the 19th century in Hungary. It is a rare breed and very few owners have this breed in the USA, meeting the criteria of the minimum number of owners. According to the AKC, it will be a member of the working dog in the registry list.

These dogs are ideal working dogs because of their courageous and fearless personality. They can stand in front of any type of predator including wild animals. However, they require a determinant leader that can train them and teach them how to behave. In short, you should need to be active, patient, courageous, and have the skills to communicate with the Mudi if you wanna be the owner of the breed.

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Physical Appearance:

It has a trilateral face and a spear-shaped nose. Its Jaws are sharp and strong like a scissor bite. The shape of the eyes is oval and are dark in color. Ears are straight upward in V form. As per the standard, the coat should be thick and wavy with a length of 5cm long.

Their coat color can be black, white, red, brown, gray, and pale.


Strong, Muscular, fearless, and smart. With all such traits, Mudi is known to be a smart canine. It is a very intelligent dog and can learn things very quickly, as a matter of fact, it can learn faster than Border Collie.

Despite their aggressive nature, they are very love-giving and gentle dogs. They are perfectly suitable as guard dogs because of their alert and fearless personality.

Early socializing is a key to their well-behaving, otherwise, they will become alpha and may not obey any command or instruction. These dogs are not recommended for inexperienced and lazy owners because they require hardcore exercises and activities. Most importantly, do not let small kids alone around the Mudi.

Height & Weight:

They can grow around 14 to 20 inches tall in height and weighs between 18 to 29 lbs.

Life Expectancy:

Undoubtedly, this tough breed is healthy and has a longer life span- around 13 to 15 years.

Criteria for recognizing a breed in the AKC:

There are some criteria that measure the eligibility of a dog’s recognition by the AKC. 

  1. There must be at least 100 household members in the National Breed Club.
  2. The desired dog population and their household owners should be allocated in more than 20 states.
  3. The presence of a minimum of 300 to 400 dogs in the country and all of them should be a 3rd generation pedigree at least.

If all the mentioned criteria are met, the application or case is suggested to the Director of the American Kennel Club Board. 

Final Thought:

AKC is known to be one of the largest purebred registry clubs in the World as it recognizes new dog breeds each year. In 2020, the Dogo Argentino and the Barbet were added to the registry of the AKC while in 2021, the Biewer Terrier was the lucky breed.

This recognizing motivates the breeders and owners to do more effort for developing new breeds as they do.

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