New Kids on the Block

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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The New AKC Visa Card

The American Kennel Club℠, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and governs the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.

We are now proud to offer you the customizable AKC℠ Visa® card! Created specifically with you and your best friend in mind, the New AKC℠ Visa® Card allows you to earn greater rewards for those items your canine needs most. You will earn 3x Points per $1 spent at pet stores, veterinary offices, and on all AKC purchases. You will also earn 2x Points per $1 spent on gas and grocery purchases, and 1 Point per $1 spent everywhere else Visa® is accepted. The more you use your card, the more reward points you’ll earn, which can be used on merchandise, gift cards, travel, and more. And the best part? You can upload your pet's photo or select from our Breed Photo Gallery so you can take your dog with you everywhere you go! Soon it will be your other best friend. Apply today at

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