Good news: The American Kennel Club just unveiled two new pupper breeds, as if the Internet needs any more excuses to fawn over the goodest boys and girls.
Bad news: The breed's names are... a little hard to pronounce. So get your tongue-twisting abilities ready.
The "Nederlandse Kooikerhondje" is the biggest mouthful — according to the website, it is pronounced Netherlands-e Coy-ker-hond-tsje.
It's "a spaniel-type dog" whose origins hunted ducks for the Europeans hundreds of years ago. Dutch nobles were also huge fans of the cuties. In 2004, they were formally recorded in the Foundation Stock Service program, which is the AKC's breed registry for up and coming breeds. And now there's enough of them to make it an official breed! (You need at least 150 registered dogs before it goes on the public record.)
The second, also not-easy-to-pronounce name on the docket is the "Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen." That would be pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY (yep, no "set" here) Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn.
... They also go by "GBGV" for short. Whew!
The GBGV (we're going to go ahead and use that abbreviation to our advantage here) was bred as a rabbit and hare hunter by the French. They also made their Foundation Stock Service debut in 2004, and now there's enough of them to populate the world with their adorable little faces, my god.
Let's "paw-se" for a minute to really appreciate how precious these doggos are, by way of Twitter:
You can find all sorts of fun facts about the new breeds on the AKC website.
For example, the Dutch loved the Kooikerhondje so much that he showed up cigarette cards in the '50s, and popular lore has it that the most famous of the doggos saved William of Orange of the Netherlands in 1572 by warning him of an impending Spanish attack. But the first litter of Kooikerhondjes wasn't born until 1999.
These orange-red dogs are joining the "Sporting Group" designation of the AKC, which means they will be categorized with settlers, retrievers and spaniels. And yes, that means their new owners are going to be quite athletic to keep up with these rambunctious, exercise-happy canines. Oh lord.
Since then, they has been used as search and rescue or service dogs as well.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is going to be in the "Hunting Group," because they are still hunting dogs at heart, with a lot of stamina and a love of trails.
There are three other Griffon Vendéen breeds — and the dogs have gone through 400 years of evolution to produce the breeds you see today?? Crazy.
The "Petit Griffon Vendéen" (the smallest) is 15 inches long, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen is the next at 22 inches, and the regular Grand Griffon Vendéen (no "basset") is 26 inches. The regular grand breed that was just introduced is 17 inches long.
Why does this fact matter? Well, until the '70s, the petit and the grand were interbred, and breeders literally couldn't tell if a pup was a petit or a grand until they were one years old! Needless to say, the distinction can speak for itself now, as there's enough of them....
But I mean — look at that ah-dorable beard. If you caught on that they look like terriers, that's not the only similarity — they also need their coats hand striped each year like terriers do.
Now, the AKC has a total of 192 recognized breeds, with more on the way from the FSS. We can only hope that means more adorable types of pups for us to share Internet memes about.