These two breeds have received full recognition, bringing the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 192.
The Nederlandse Kooikerhondje – pronounced Netherlands-e Coy-ker-hond-tsje – is a spaniel-type dog that originated hundreds of years ago in Europe as a duck hunter. The Kooiker is joining the Sporting Group.
The breed was also a favorite of Dutch nobility. These are energetic, friendly and alert dogs that are ready for work. They have a moderate activity level, needing regular mental and physical activity to be happy. Their medium-length coat requires weekly brushing to keep it free of tangles.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (GBGV) – pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn – was bred as a rabbit and hare hunter in France. The GBGV has a great deal of stamina and speed and is joining the Hound Group.
The GBGV is a laidback, intelligent, friendly pack hound that gets along well with other dogs. These dogs are courageous and passionate workers with a high activity level. They need daily vigorous exercise. The GBGV’s coat is rough and straight, and looks tousled and natural. It does need weekly brushing to prevent it from matting.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective groups on January 1, 2018.
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