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Meet the Miniature American Shepherd, Lagotto Romagnolo, & Berger Picard

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Ever wonder how many breeds are recognized by the American Kennel Club? 187. Aren’t canines wonderfully diverse? There’s a dog for everyone. Get to know these three breeds newly recognized by the AKC. One just might be the dog for you!

A small herding dog, the Miniature American Shepherd joins the Herding group. Developed in the United States, these dogs are very athletic and energetic. They are eager to please, devoted, good-natured, and intelligent. While they only need weekly brushing, their full coat does shed several times a year.

The Lagotto Romagnolo originated in Italy and joins the Sporting group. This breed is the only purebred dog in the world recognized as a specialized truffle searcher. It is a high-energy dog that loves to retrieve, swim, and play, needing daily exercise. The breed is intelligent, affectionate, and good with children.

Hailing from France, the Berger Picard joins the Herding group.  The Berger Picard is a medium-sized, athletic dog that was bred to be a working companion. This good-natured, loyal breed has a great deal of stamina and drive, requiring daily exercise and mental stimulation. These dogs need weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

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