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Newest Dog Breeds

At A Glance

The top newest dog breeds include the American Hairless Terrier, Cesky Terrier, Barbet, Russell Terrier, Azawakh, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Dogo Argentino, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Wirehaired Vizsla, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, and Coton de Tulear.

Last Updated on: Aug 25, 2022

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Americans own more than 70,000 dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 192 kinds of dogs, from small to giant. The three newest dog breeds joined the list in 2020 — the Dogo Argentino, Barbet, and the Biewer Terrier.

Every year, the AKC presents the most popular breeds of dogs in America on its website. These are ranked in terms of registrations per year. Are you looking to add the newest dog breeds to your pet list? Read below to see the top 7 to 10 new breeds.

Dog owners often form bonds with their pets that last a lifetime. To learn more about the newest additions to the dog breed list, read on.

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The American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier was officially recognized as a breed by the AKC in 2016, and its history is quite interesting. In 1972, a Louisiana Rat Terrier littered completely hairless puppies due to a genetic defect. The hairless pups, in turn, produced more hairless pups.

new breed - American Hairless Terrier

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Cesky Terrier

Registered in 2011, this dog is an American Bulldog. There’s no comparing the notable facial hair of the Cesky Terrier to anything else. Their relaxed nature makes them perfect companions for older people.

Cesky Terriers are the national dog of the Czech Republic. 

This breed can live for up to 15 years. Adult Cesky Terriers weigh between 14 lbs and 24 lbs.

new breed - Barbet


The AKC only recognized Barbets tentatively in 2019 though this breed has existed for decades. Barbets are thought to have originated from France and are rarely found in the United States. Known as “the father of all poodles”, Barbets have dense wooly coats, muscular limbs, and webbed feet. They are great swimmers and love water-related activities. They get along brilliantly with young children.

new breed - Russell terrier

Russell Terrier

Despite being relatively well-known, the Russell Terrier was recognized by the AKC only in 2012. The breed’s average weight is 9-15 pounds, and their life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. Russell Terriers are friendly, intelligent, inquisitive, and make for great family pets.

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new breed - Azawakh


An ancient hunting dog breed, Azawakhs have been around for thousands of years. They were officially recognized by the AKC in 2019. The Dogington Post noted that they tend to be pretty calm indoors, while outdoors, they are very energetic. An intelligent and sensitive breed, it needs to be trained and socialized carefully.

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Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is an excellent hunting dog. It is referred to as “the people’s choice” by the American Kennel Club. This hound breed of dog was registered with the AKC in 2012. It weighs between 50 and 70 pounds with a life expectancy of 13 years.

The Treeing Walker Coonhound was originally bred to hunt down raccoons!

new breed - Dogo Argentino

Dogo Argentino

As the name suggests, the Dogo Argentino was originally bred in Argentina for game hunting large prey like boars and pumas. A large, white, muscular dog, it weighs between 80 and 100 pounds. This brave, watchful and protective dog is easily trainable and eager to please. It needs a high level of mental stimulation and physical exercise.

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Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

The AKC recognized the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno as a new breed in 2013. A small breed weighing less than 13 pounds, its expected lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. This hound breed was used to hunt rabbits. This breed needs to be exercised daily and does well in large fenced areas owing to its hunt

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

These puppies are imports from France that arrived in the US in the 1990s. The AKC believes they were originally used by peasants to hunt on foot as a poor man’s hunting dog. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was recognized by the AKC in 2018. These dogs require a fenced-in yard as they need lots of exercise.

new breed - Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizsla

Wirehaired Vizslas were added to the list of breeds recognized by the AKC in 2014. These hunting dogs have proved to be extremely trainable. Although easygoing at home, they also enjoy swimming and exploring the outdoors. A calm, gentle-mannered breed, their average lifespan is about 14 years. Adult wirehaired Vizslas weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.

new breed - Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

Nederlandse Kooikerhondje

This spaniel-type of dog weighs between 20 and 25 pounds. These dogs are very affectionate, playful, and trainable. It’s no surprise that the Dutch hunting dogs have gained popularity rapidly in North America since they were officially added to the AKC in 2016.

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Coton de Tulear

As their name implies, Cotton de Tulear is white and fluffy. People with allergies may choose this breed as its coat sheds little. The breed weighs between 8 and 15 pounds and can live up to 16 years. It was registered with the AKC in 2014.

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The American Kennel Club has revealed the newest dog breeds among those it has recognized in recent years. We hope this article helped you gain enough information about some of the newest dog breeds. Are you game to raise one of these?


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