While the battle for the Song of the Summer title wages on, the Dog of the Summer race may be over before it even began. That’s because the Pumi, a furry fluff ball that the American Kennel Club has finally officially recognized as a breed, is taking over the Internet. After one look at the photogenic canine, it’s easy to see why.
The dog, which is of Hungarian origin and known for its “whimsical expression,” becomes the 190th breed recognized by the AKC. “This lively, adorable dog makes a wonderful companion for a family willing to provide lots of exercise and mental activity,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo.
The herding dog, whose fluffy coat and perky ears make it a natural for Best in Show competitions, has been steadily rising in popularity stateside, thanks to organizations likes the Hungarian Pumi Club of America. The organization’s president, Chris Levy, was overjoyed by the news that the newly recognized Pumis are finally able to compete in major national dog shows.
“It’s amazing,” Levy told NPR. “I don’t know what I’m going to do on that first day, when we can actually get a blue ribbon.” Considering their stunning corkscrew coats and trademark intelligence, you can expect those blue ribbons to start pouring in.
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