The American Kennel Club has welcomed two new breeds into their official roster. The Hungarian Mudi and Russian Toy have joined ranks with the 197 other breeds that fulfill the AKC’s strict requirements.
Historically a working farm dog, the Mudi (pronounced “moody”) is a medium-sized, shaggy-haired breed descended from sheepdogs. They are described as highly intelligent, capable, and easily trained. Experts in the breed don’t recommend it to first-time dog owners as they are at their best when they are trained for hunting, herding, or competing in competitions such as agility.
The Russian Toy is a tiny breed weighing in at no more than 6.5 pounds. They are known to be smart, cheerful, and very affectionate with their owners. Originating from English terriers, Russian Toys developed their own breed characteristics while gracing the homes of Russian elites dating back to the early 1700s.