6 New Breeds at Westminster Dog Show (Slideshow)


The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) kicks off its annual dog show this weekend in New York, and this year 6 breeds make their debut in the prestigious competition. Click through to read about the newest additions.

1. Cesky Terrier

Originating in the Czech Republic, the Cesky Terrier is an incredibly rare breed. Cesky Terriers tend to be calmer than other terriers, and are reserved towards strangers. They are, however, loyal to their human companions.

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2. American English Coonhound

American English Coonhounds trace their origin to dogs brought to the New World by settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Like other coonhounds, this hunting dog is, according to the WKC, “pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with both humans and dogs.”

3. Entlebucher Mountain Dog

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not for the casual human companion. Highly-loyal, hard-working and energetic, the breed is native to Switzerland.

4. Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphunds have been around for centuries as reindeer herders in Northern Scandinavia. Devoted, intelligent and friendly, this breed is a popular family dog in its native Finland.

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5. Norwegian Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehund originally bred to hunt puffins, and their bodies certainly reflect that. According to the WKC, their “flexible skeletal structure enables the dog to squirm out of tight spots or spread-eagle to prevent slips and falls.” Now that puffins are protected in Norway, though, these cheerful & alert dogs have taken up the role of “somewhat mischievous [companions].”

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6. Xoloitzcuintli

These hairless dogs are the national breed of Mexico. Xoloitzcuintlis can be traced back to the time of the Aztecs, where they served as guardians of the dead and were highly prized. Though well-known in Mexico, they are rare in the United States. As a result, Xolos have been mistaken for the legendary mythical chupacabra!

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vicky T.
vicky T.1 years ago

A dog's a dog, a generous and loyal creature that wags its tail and licks your hand. Adopt, don't buy. And don't breed!

Valentina R.
Valentina R.1 years ago

Yeah, keep idolizing breeders all you want! Real animal lovers only adopt their pets from shelters and rescues. No one who actually loves animals would ever buy a living being.

Mary L.
Mary L.3 years ago

These are expensive and will be well treated, thousands more will perish, hungry, alone, unwanted and unloved.

Just like humans.

Elisa and Susan Petersen

@Rosi: Thank you for your comment.

Joan E.
Joan Ellis3 years ago

There are as you show amazing animals all over the world and I wish you could tell us more.

Rosi Caswell

Truthfully, there is nothing new under the sun. The ancestry of all dog types, does, if you follow it back, lead to an incredibly small amount of types within types. It is a fascinating exercise, and really shows how under the skin, there is so little difference. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist

Carol H.
Carol H.3 years ago

Good article, to bad it's only in slideshow form. Takes to long to load each page that it becomes boring. Why can't Care2 make these articles available in single page?

Inari T.
Inari T.3 years ago

I wish some of the people commenting would realise that there's a big difference between breeders of show dogs and those who operate mass-production "puppy farms". The breeders I know have purchasers lined up for their puppies long before the litter is whelped; and many of the buyers will have their pups neutered as soon as they're old enough. Some people do want to have some confidence about the characteristics of their dogs, including hip & eye testing, so they choose purebred pups from reputable breeders. And I speak from experience: I had a purebred CCC-registered Rotti, and when she died, I bought a "mongrel" from the local AWL shelter; both have been excellent dogs in their own way.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Rosi Caswell

Know all of these breeds; great to see them becoming better known, for they all carry some great qualities unique to their breed. Rosi Caswell Animal Whisperer Therapist