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“ When Mark Perini and his girlfriend, Rebecca Levin, walk their dog Izzy in their Gramercy neighborhood, the couple braces themselves for the constant stares.
“People stop us on the street several times a day, just to tell us she’s the cutest dog they’ve ever seen,” boasts proud papa Perini, a 28-year-old model and author.
But Perini and Levin’s pup isn’t one of the city’s enormously popular breeds, such as a French bulldog or Yorkie — she’s a 4-month-old miniature American shepherd.
The breed is one of the newest to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and it’s quickly gaining steam in … Full Story