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meet the kooikerhondje and gbgv, akc's new dog breeds

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meet the kooikerhondje and gbgv, akc's new dog breeds

by jennifer peltz |the associated pressnew york  — a spirited dutch duck-luring dog and a friendly french rabbit hound are now running with the american kennel club’s pack.the club announced wednesday that it’s recognizing the nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon vendeen. they’re the first breeds added to the roster since 2016.they’re eligible for many dog shows this year but can’t compete at the prestigious westminster kennel club show until next year.the nederlandse kooikerhondje (pronounced nay-der-lahn-seh koy-ker-hahnd-jeh) goes back hundreds of years in holland. the smallish, brown-and-white, spaniel-style dogs can be seen in some dutch old master paintings.“they’re actually like a toddler that never grows up,” said breeder d. ann knoop-sideriushappy, who added that they are happy and can be naughty, “but they’re very playful dogs. and that’s true their whole life.”her husband, jac knoop, is the president of the kooikerhondje club of the usa .kooikerhondjes were trained to help hunters attract ducks into net-covered canals. the elaborate setups waned in the 19th century, and the dogs neared extinction during world war ii, before a baroness set out to bring them back.there are now about 7,000 worldwide and roughly 500 in the u.s., and they’re well-suited to agility and other canine sports, said knoop-siderius, who is based in ogden, illinois.the grand basset griffon vendeen (grahnd bah-say grif-fahn vahn-day-ahn) goes by gbg...