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The American Kennel Club Recognizes Two New Breeds This Year

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This year, the American Kennel Club welcomes two unusual dogs into the lineup of registered breeds: The American hairless terrier and the sloughi. The inclusion of the two breeds brings the number of recognized dogs to 189.

“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a press release. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family."

The American hairless terrier is a variation of the rat terrier (a breed recognized in 2013). When a litter of rat terriers yielded a hairless puppy in the '70s, the unusual pup was given to a couple in Louisiana, Edwin and Willie Scott. The puppy was dubbed Josephine, and she was the foundation of the American hairless terrier breed. The dogs are lively, energetic canines that were used to hunt rats and other vermin. Today, they excel in agility and AKC sports. The American hairless terrier comes in two variations: Either completely hairless or with a complete coat; furred variations of the breed still have a hairless gene and can have hairless puppies.

The other new dog, the sloughi, comes from North Africa. A type of sighthound, it has long been prized for excellent skills in hunting, speed, agility, and endurance. Like other sighthounds, sloughis are known to sprint after things and need to be on a leash or in a fenced-in area. When inside, though, the sloughi is very calm and often reserved. Although an ancient breed, the first dog didn't arrive in America until 1973, when fanciers Kaethe and Carl Rodarty brought their dog, Tagiurie el Sian.

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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Get IKEA's New Pet Furniture Collection for Not a Lot of Scratch
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The biggest surprise about IKEA's newest product line is that it has taken this long to debut. This week, the North American arm of the Swedish furniture giant unveiled a new assortment of furniture designed specifically for four-legged customers. Dubbed LURVIG (Swedish for “hairy”), pet owners can now browse IKEA aisles for everything from dog beds to cat scratching posts—many of which have a distinct IKEA twist.

Their pet couch ($49.95), for example, folds out into a bed; another bed is small enough to slide under a human-sized mattress. Their “cat house on legs” ($54.95) looks like a retro TV and allows space for a cat to stalk you from behind a screen.

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The retailer solicited advice from veterinarians on product design that would be functional while sitting comfortably within the IKEA aesthetic. “It is quite important for IKEA to have a pet range that fits into our normal furniture range,” Barbara Schäfer, IKEA’s product risk assessment leader, told Curbed. “As a pet owner I can say, so far, the normal pet products are quite ugly.” (Don't hold back, Barbara.)

The LURVIG line is currently being rolled out to IKEA stores, but you’ll have to be willing to be your furry pal’s personal shopper; the company doesn’t allow pets in their stores, save for service animals.

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