When new breeds arrive in the U.S.A, they are normally registered with the American Rare Breeds Association whilst their numbers build up. This association organises over 30 shows a year for such breeds, so that dog lovers throughout the country have an opportunity to see them and get to know more about them. Some of these breeds prefer to form their own clubs and championships when the registrations have built up to sufficient numbers. Others seek to be recognised by the American Kennel Club.
The A.K.C are to recognise two new breeds in 2004, these are the Black Russian Terrier, and the Neapolitan Mastiff both of which will be incorporated into the Working group.
As with our own Kennel Club, it is not easy to gain full recognition, but no doubt exhibitors of breeds on our import register, and those still awaiting acceptance to the import register, will be envious of the American system. In that however small the breed, the owners still have their chance to exhbit and introduce them to would be owners, through the auspices of the A.R.B.A. and it’s shows.
Rising from the ranks of A.R.B.A. there are six more breeds that are seeking recogition, and thereby Championship status within the AKC. Amongst these are the Beauceron, and the Glen of Imaal Terrier.
In the latter case, it might seem a shame to owners of this Irish breed that it is to be recognised in other countries, whilst still a rare breed in our own.