Six New AKC Breeds in 2016 Thanksgiving Day Dog Show

For the ninth year, the National Dog Show will air on Thanksgiving Day 2016 on NBC right after the New York Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Conveniently slotted for noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones, it makes for a great Thanksgiving tradition when most families are lounging around the den miserably stuffed on holiday foods and desserts.

Six New AKC Breeds

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia hosts this American Kennel Club dog show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks/Valley Forge on November 20, 2016. Last year’s winner was a Scottish Terrier named Sadie. This year, six newly recognized AKC breeds will be featured, bringing the total to 167.

  • Bluetick Coonhound
  • Redbone Coonhound
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Cane Corso
  • Islandic Sheepdog
  • Leonberger

New AKC Hound Group Breeds

The Bluetick Coonhound is not a new breed but has been around for more than 60 years and is named for the dark blue mottled coat. The Bluetick, known for its typical coonhound bawling bark, is an active and hardy breed that excels at hunting and agility.


The Redbone Coonhound descends from foxhounds imported from Ireland before the Civil War and has been a respected breed for over 100 years. This sporting breed with a flashy red coat has an even temper and a natural treeing instinct.

New AKC Sporting Group Breed

The Boykin Spaniel evolved from a small dog found wandering in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the early 1900s and has been their state dog since 1985. In addition to being an easy to train hunting dog, the Boykin Spaniel thrives on human companionship and makes a great family dog as long as it gets plenty of exercise.

New AKC Working Group Breeds

The Cane Corso is a Molossus Dog whose name comes from the Latin “Cohors” meaning “Guardian” and “Protector.” This large mastiff type breed hails from Italy and was relatively unknown in the US until the 1990s. The powerful Cane Corso is intelligent, easily trained, and good with family.

The Leonberger is a large German breed with a thick, water resistant coat. Described as non-aggressive, gentle, and sweet, the Leonberger was used as a farm dog and draft dog in the 1800s. This dog, related to the St. Bernard, loves children and its calm, even temperament make it a wonderful family dog and therapy dog. The Leonberger’s webbed feet and great strength also serves it well as a water rescue dog.

New AKC Herding Group Breed

The Icelandic Sheepdog dates back to the Vikings and is possibly one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. Hardy and agile with a thick, waterproof coat which comes in shorthaired and longhaired, this breed was quite suitable for working livestock in Iceland. As companion dogs today, they are valued for their small to medium size and confident, friendly, and playful temperament

Different Kinds of Dog Bowls for Different Breeds of Dogs

Traditionally, dogs ate out of a simple size appropriate bowl. Now there are many different types of bowls available. Bowls come in a variety of colors, different materials ranging from ceramic to stainless steel and even different styles. Some kinds of dog bowls have more than just an aesthetic benefit. Certain types of dog bowls can actually help enhance quality of life in certain breeds of dogs.

Dog Feeders

Dog feeders are bowls attached to a small to medium storage compartment. Food is put in the compartment and it falls down into the feeding bowl. When the dog eats, food falls from the compartment into the bowl, replacing the food the dog has eaten. Dog feeders have the benefit of allowing a dog a steady supply of food while preventing large amounts of food from going stale. This is a good type of food bowl for small breeds of dogs that need a constant supply of food available to them. Small breeds, like teacup chihuahuas, teacup poodles and smaller yorkies, can develop hypoglycemia if they go too long without food. Hypoglycemia can be dangerous and can lead to seizures, coma and even death. Overweight dogs or dogs that tend to gorge themselves on food aren’t good candidates for dog feeder bowls.

Elevated Dog Bowls

Elevated dog bowls are bowls that are placed in a raised bowl holder. The bowl holders typically stand three to twelve inches off of the floor, though some may be higher. Elevated dog bowls allow dogs to eat without putting excess pressure on their backs and hip and knee joints. This makes elevated dog bowls a good choice for dog breeds prone to back problems, knee problems and hip dysplasia. Akitas, Belgian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Old English Sheepdogs, Siberian Huskies and Vizslas are just a few of the breeds that may benefit from the use of elevated dog bowls. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that elevated food bowls can increase the risk of bloat in at-risk breeds, such as Great Danes, German Shepherds and Saint Bernards. Thus, raised food bowls shouldn’t be used in breeds prone to bloat.

Slow Feed Dog Bowls

Slow feed dog bowls are stainless steel bowls with a raised dome in the center. The dome is the same height as the top of the bowl. The food is placed in the space around the dome. The dog must eat around the dome, which causes it to eat more slowly. Slow feed dog bowls are good for large and extra large dog breeds prone to bloat. According to the Purdue University Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, high speed of eating is a major risk factor for bloat. In bloat, a dog’s stomach dilates extensively. The dilation can cause the intestines to twist, causing intestinal obstruction. Bloat is always fatal without treatment and requires immediate surgical intervention. Slow feed dog bowls, along with small meals, can reduce the incidence of bloat in at risk breeds.