Every new dog breed recognized in the 21st century
The verdict is in: humans love dogs! Oh, who are we kidding--the verdict came in eons ago. Indeed, trusty canines have been man’s best friend since the dawn of modern civilization, resulting in a broad range of breeds that are as wonderfully diverse in appearance and personality as the very people who bred them. Good for companionship and protection alike, dogs remain so lovable that we’re even willing to look the other way when they occasionally ruin the carpet or destroy our favorite pair of slippers.
Meanwhile, as we crafty humans continue to experiment with the possibilities of genetic selection and crossbreeding, new purebreds emerge, bringing all sorts of lovable (and not so lovable) new traits along with them. That’s not to mention all the breeds that have been around for hundreds of years, slipping under the American radar until finally earning their way into our hearts and homes. It might lead one to wonder: have any new purebreds been officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)--which determines our pedigree registry--over the last decade or two?
Wonder no more because Stacker is here to heed the call. From the big and slobbery to the cute and cuddly, we’ve listing out every dog breed officially recognized by the AKC since the year 2000. For the data, we went straight to the source, reviewing the AKC list in full and culling the most recent entries. As it turns out, there are no less than 47 new dog breeds to emerge since the turn of the 21st century. What will the future hold for our favorite furry friends? Only time will tell.
2000: Spinone Italiano
Distinguished by a muscular build and thick coat of fur, Spinone Italioni are Italian hunting dogs with origins dating back to 200 B.C. Emanating from their somewhat droopy faces are tender eyes and bushy brows, making these dogs hard to resist among Americans and Italians alike. This relatively docile breed might not sprint at high speeds, but they can stay agile and alert for long periods of time.
2001: Polish Lowland Sheepdog
With wagging tongues and shaggy coats that frequently cover their eyes, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (better known in the states as PONs) are recognizable on sight and surprisingly impervious to shedding. This trusty breed was cultivated in Poland, where PONs are so iconic that they get their own stamp. Also worthy of note is that PONs were almost wiped out of existence during World War II, only to be saved by a veterinarian and her proactive dog, who sired a small legion of litters. PONs are hard-working, intuitive, independent and relatively easy to train.
2003: German Pinscher
Sporty in physique and loyal in disposition, German Pinschers are truly man’s best friend. More to the point, the desirable breed is highly intelligent, energetic, reasonably easy to train, and always ready to play. Throw in a life expectancy of 14 years and you have yourself everything one might look for in a dog.
2003: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
True to its name, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a sporting breed with a natural instinct for luring ducks to the shoreline, making those ducks an easy target for hunters. Once the duck is shot and/or killed, this compact, outgoing breed and its water-repellant double coat of fur take to the water to retrieve the day’s catch.
2003: Toy Fox Terrier
Small (as in less than a foot tall) and perennially enthusiastic, Toy Fox Terriers simply burst with personality. Also helping is the fact that this breed is highly intelligent, intensely loyal, easy to train and known to live well into its teenage years. Plus, who wouldn’t want a dog that effectively doubles as a live action toy?
2004: Black Russian Terrier
To create the elusive Black Russian Terrier, scientists combined no less than seventeen different dog breeds. The result is a fiercely protective and dependable search and rescue dog that packs 40% of its total body weight in its shaggy head alone. Keep one by your bedside and consider yourself duly protected at night.
2004: Glen of Imaal Terrier
A gentler alternative to most terriers, the Glen of Imaal Terrier manages to be completely adorable in spite of its wiry coat and workmanlike background. Standing a mere 14 inches tall, this breed loves the outdoors and makes for the perfect addition to any farm.
2004: Neapolitan Mastiff
Don’t be startled by the Neapolitan Mastiff and its formidable size, whereas the droopy-chinned purebred is tremendously sweet and loyal...at least to its owners. Once known as the “big dog of the little man”, this massive canine is descended from Roman dogs of war. Some folks go even further back, claiming the breed was brought to Greece around 300 B.C. by Alexander the Great himself.
As a breed that’s both fearless in its pursuits and resoundingly loyal, Plotts serve up the best of two worlds. Hosting a muscular frame and a smooth, dark coat, this breed is wildly popular among hunters in search of big game. It’s also the official state dog of North Carolina.
2006: Tibetan Mastiff
As recent as 2013, Tibetan Mastiffs were so sought after among China’s elite that just one purebred could fetch up to $200,000. What those owners got in return was a noble guard dog with a thick coat and a somewhat aloof demeanor. Given the breed’s legendary independent streak, Tibetan Mastiffs are notoriously hard to train for organised events like dog shows.