Small curly haired dogs were among the most popular breeds during the early years of the dog show in the United States.
But in 1935 the AKC stopped showing curly-coated dogs because of a belief that they weren't strong enough and would be easy to train, The Washington Post reported at the time.
Other factors such as food allergies and a decline in the breeding of curly-haired dogs by some of the original breeders contributed to a dip in interest. But then the rise of a new type of dog, the Chihuahua, also known as a Mexican hairless, gave curly-coated dogs a fresh chance, the article said.
The AKC finally stopped showing the curly-coated dog breed in 1980, and it was only added to the AKC list of breeds of the year for 2015. It remains on the AKC's list of breeds that are not allowed to be shown in certain breeds of dog competitions.
The curly-coated dog is now a small breed and is included in the Terrier Group. The new listing reflects the breed's popularity and its ability to compete in conformation shows, said Michael C. Miller, a breed specialist at the AKC.
"The curly-coated breed is one of the oldest breeds of dogs in America, and it's been the largest breed in the United States for the past three years," Miller said. "It was one of the first breeds to be recognized in the United States in 1870, and it's been growing at a rate that no other breed has in the last 10 years."
The curly-coated dog is still not the most popular dog in the United States. That distinction goes to the Labrador retriever. It's the second-most popular dog in the country, followed by the golden retriever. The AKC reported that, in 2015, 1.7 million dogs were registered, with Labrador and golden retrievers the most popular breeds.
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