This year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is less than two weeks away and the breeds and handlers are anxiously awaiting their big debut. Among the classic breeds we all recognize at the typical dog show will be six new breeds!
Now that they have been recognized by the American Kennel Club, the upcoming dog show will now include the following breeds:
American English Coonhound – This hunting companion, originally used to hunt fox and raccoons, will be added to the Hound group. These dogs are confident, sociable with humans and dogs, pleasant, and alert.
Cesky Terrier – This little hunting terrier has a long and silky coat. They are very keen and alert and loyal to their owners.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog – This breed, added to the Herding group, is a native of Switzerland. This breed is not for the casual dog owner as it is a very active and energetic dog and requires thorough socialization.
Finnish Lapphund – This reindeer herding dog, also added to the Herding group, originates from northern Scandanavia. These friendly, intelligent dogs are very devoted to their family, making them a wonderful family pet.
Norwegian Lundehund – This “Puffin Dog” originated as a hunting dog in arctic Norway that retrieved puffins which were an important meat source to local farmers. This unique dog, added to the Non-Sporting group typically has at least six toes on each paw for stability. While puffin hunting no longer occurs, this dog is now suited to be a cheerful, alert and somewhat mischievous pet.
Xoloitzcuintli - This hard-to-pronounce dog breed, previously known as the Mexican Hairless, is the national dog of Mexico and is added to the Non-Sporting group. These intelligent dogs are easy to train and make a unique and enjoyable pet.
Photos and information courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club website.