April 19, 2019 1 min read

For breeds to become AKC-registered, they must first be recorded with an accepted registry. The AKC Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) is the AKC's recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. After a breed is entered into FSS, the recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from a National Breed Club. While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years.

Below are a few dog breeds that have been accepted by the AKC in 2015.

1.  Lagotto Romagnolo

This breed of dog comes from the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means "lake dog from Romagna," originating from the Italian word, "lago," which translates to "lake." Their traditional function is a gun dog, specifically, a water retriever. However, they are often used to hunt for truffles.

2.  Berger Picard

The Berger Picard is a French breed of dog in the herding group. These dogs nearly became extinct after both World War I and World War II, and remain a very rare breed. They are people-oriented, loyal, and can make a good family pet if properly socialized early in life.

3. Miniature American Shepard 

This herding dog gets it's roots from the Australian Shepard. It is a compact dog, with a strong work ethic. As such, they have been lauded by enthusiasts as an excellent choice for dog sports such as herding, agility, and flyball.