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