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Bergamasco (AKC recognition January 1, 2015)

  • The breed’s traffic-stopping dreadlocks are called flocks. (For the Puli and Komondor, they’re called cords.)
  • The flocks begin to form naturally, but during the first year, owners have to be vigilant about separating the mats. Once grown, they’re easy to maintain.
  • At the AKC’s 2015 Meet The Breeds, the Bergamasco was named Best Booth.


Cirneco dell'Etna (January 1, 2015)

  • Originally used for rabbit hunting in Sicily.
  • “dell’Etna,” means Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. It was added to the breed’s name in 1939.
  • The Cirneco dell’Etna Club of America refers to them as an ancient breed.



Lagotto Romagnolo, (July 1, 2015)

  • The only purebred dog specifically bred to hunt the highly-valued truffle.
  • His gorgeous, curly coat doesn’t shed.
  • The name is synonymous with “water dog,” which was the breed’s original function.

Lagotto Romagnolo


Here are the AKC’s other Italian breeds:

If you’re wondering why the Italian Greyhound didn't make the list: Despite its name, the original roots of the breed trace back to the area that is now Greece and Turkey.

Watch this Lagotto zoom for the 'shroom:



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