The American Kennel Club has today announced official recognition of the Kooikerhondje and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, with effect from 1 January 2018.
The UK Kennel Club, which currently recognises 219 breeds, has known both these dogs for some time. The total number of AKC-recognized breeds is now 192.
The Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen has been recognised by the AKC since 1990. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) will be joining them in the AKC Hound group.
Meanwhile the ‘Nederlandse Kooikerhondje’ will be added to the Sporting group. When the breed was first recognised in the UK it was placed in the Gundog group, but since the Kooikerhondje does not work alongside hunters with guns, it was felt appropriate to transfer it to the Utility group in 2014.