Miscellaneous Dog Group , the ones that just don't seem to fit, yet.
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The dogs that make up the Miscellaneous Dog Group are a collection of breeds that are currently being reviewed by the various board of directors for different registries around the world.
It is estimated that there are 700 - 800 different breeds of dogs throughout the world but not all make it in to every countries Kennel Club. For instance the US has similar Dog Groups to the UK but the dog breeds within their respective groups are not the same.
The Federation of Cynologique Internationale recognizes over 300 dog breeds while the AKC ( American Kennel Club ) gives it's recognition to just over 140 different breeds.
Today the AKC currently has just 6 different breeds in the Miscellaneous Dog Group:
Black Russian Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
This does not mean these breeds are new, for instance the Neapolitan Mastiff is centuries old, an ancient breed from the Roman Times. I had the opportunity to have quite a bit of experience with Neapolitan Mastiffs with Obedience and Guard Training. Extremely loyal and a natural protector.
To Quote The AKC
Here is what the American Kennel Club has to say about admitting a new breed from the Miscellaneous Dog Group:
"Briefly stated, the requirement for admission to the Stud Book is clear and categorical proof that a substantial, sustained nationwide interest and activity in the breed exists. This includes an active parent club, with serious and expanding breeding activity over a wide geographic area.
When in the judgment of the Board of Directors such interest and activity exists, a breed is admitted to the Miscellaneous Dog Group. Breeds in the Miscellaneous Dog Group may compete and earn titles in AKC Obedience, Tracking and Agility events. Miscellaneous breeds are also eligible to compete in Junior Showmanship. They may also compete at conformation shows, but here are limited to competition in the Miscellaneous Class and are not eligible for championship points.
When the Board of Directors is satisfied that a breed is continuing a healthy, dynamic growth in the Miscellaneous Class, it may be admitted to registration in the Stud Book and the opportunity to compete in regular classes."