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Six Breeds to Join the Miscellaneous Class

The American Kennel Club® is pleased to welcome the Dogue de Bordeaux as the 158th AKC registered breed. The Dogue de Bordeaux, sometimes referred to as the “French Mastiff”, will be eligible for full AKC® registration and competition in the Working Group at shows held on and after July 1, 2008.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is among the most ancient of purebred dogs, with many theories surrounding its origin. The breed was named in 1863 following its first appearance at a canine exhibition at the “Jardin d'Acclimation” in Paris, France. The Dogue de Bordeaux could often be found guarding the vineyards or butcher shops in France; however they were also used for hunting large game such as bear and wild boar. It wasn't until the 1960's that the breed made its first appearance in the United States.

The loveable face and personality of the Dogue de Bordeaux was brought to public attention by the 1989 movie, Turner and Hooch, starring Tom Hanks. In this comedy the Dogue de Bordeaux is portrayed as a stubborn, slobbering mischief-maker with a heart of gold. “This is probably a very accurate description,” said George Brown, President of the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America. “Despite the breed's massive size and intimidating stature, they are extremely loveable and devoted dogs with a laid back attitude.”

For more information about the Dogue de Bordeaux, visit the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America at

On the same date, six breeds that are working towards full AKC recognition will join the AKC Miscellaneous Class:

  • Bluetick Coonhound
  • Cane Corso
  • Cesky Terrier
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Leonberger
  • Norwegian Lundehund


Breeds in the Miscellaneous Class may compete and earn titles in Companion Events and also select Performance Events. Miscellaneous breeds are also eligible to compete in Junior Showmanship. They may compete at conformation shows, but are limited to competition in the Miscellaneous Class and are not eligible for championship points.