3 New Dog Breeds: the Icelandic Sheepdog, Cane Corso & Leonberger

icelandic sheepdog

Icelandic Sheepdog

Three new dog breeds are being recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Say hello to the Icelandic Sheepdog, the Cane Corso and the Leonberger. These are three really cute dogs.

Yes, these three dog breeds have been around for hundreds of years, so what does it mean now that they're "official" with the AKC?


cane corso

Cane Corso

Leonberger dog breed


This new official dog breed status with the AKC just means the dog breeds can now compete in AKC-sanctioned breed competitions in the United States. In February, for instance, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is to be held in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Now these three pooch breeds can be officially invited to hit the runway.

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Some interesting facts about these three breeds:

  •  The Icelandic sheepdog arrived in Iceland with the Vikings and is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. 
  • The Leonberger comes from and is named after the German town of Leonberg. They’re considered cuddly, get along with children, and are, therefore, nicknamed the "nanny dog." They are athletic and have been used as water rescue dogs.
  • The Cane Corso originally comes from Italy and almost became extinct but was brought back by breeders in the 80s. They used be used for hunting and in battle; however, they are not scary dogs. They are intelligent, easy to train, and attach well with their owners. 

Which one of these dog breeds melts your heart most?


Images via Sara Björk, appliedvitals, Tanais Fox (all Flickr)

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