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AKC Welcomes New American Breed In Time For Independence Day and Celebrates Breeds From The United States

(Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) family just got a little larger! The Rat Terrier gained full recognition in June 2013, growing AKC’s litter of recognized breeds to 178.

In honor of Independence Day, the AKC celebrates the Rat Terrier – the newest American breed joining U.S. icons like the American Foxhound and Boston Terrier. See the Rat Terrier and many more at this year’s AKC Meet the Breeds® event September 28 & 29 at New York City’s Jacob Javits Center.

“As we approach Independence Day, we reflect back on the 17 breeds that call America home and we’re proud to celebrate each and every one of them, including the Rat Terrier,” said AKC Meet the Breeds Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “We’re very excited to have the Rat Terrier join the AKC family.”

Rat Terrier: Joining the Terrier group, the Rat Terrier comes in two sizes – standard and miniature. Originally used to hunt rodents and vermin, the breed was one of the most common farm dogs from 1910-1930 in the U.S. They are loyal and active and love being a member of its human family. They need regular brushing.

American Foxhound: Truly an American breed, George Washington is the father of the American Foxhound. These dogs were bred to run, so they do best with families that have large open spaces and can provide them with daily exercise. Their coat is short and easy to care for.

Boston Terrier: The Boston Terrier was declared the state dog of Massachusetts in 1979. Nicknamed “the American Gentleman” because he looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo, the breed is also known for its gentle disposition. Lively and intelligent, Boston Terriers are simple to groom.

See all of the American breeds at www.akc.org.

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