Now that the excitement of the Puppy Bowl is over, let’s turn our attention to the next big event for dogs, hosted right next door in NYC: the Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show.
This year’s show adds to the competition six new breeds you may or may not already be familiar with. Here’s an introduction to them all.
American English Coonhound
This member of the hound group is a descendant of the English fox hound and is often trained in the sport of hunting. A confident, sociable dog, this coonhound needs lots of exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Want to bring one of these multi-colored pups home? Find more info at the Facebook group for the American English Coonhound Association or contact one of these NY rescues: Helping Hounds Dog Rescue and Peppertree Rescue.
This short-legged pup with muscles and a long, silky coat is from the terrier group and may remind you a bit of a schnauzer. The Cesky is another hunter’s companion, who’s loyal to his owner but can be unsure about strangers. Check out the American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association or the National Cesky Terrier Club of America for information on adopting a rescue or purchasing from a breeder.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog
The Entle, as you might hear this pup called, is a Swiss member of the herding group who will likely remind you of a less-hairy and much smaller Bernese mountain dog. This smart and playful pup is highly energetic and eager to learn tricks and obedience cues. He’s also confident and has a tendency to form an tight bond with his owners. Does this sound like the dog for you? Adopt a pure or mixed Entlebucher through Petfinder or look to the National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association for more info.
Another member of the herding group is the Finnish Lapphund, who looks like a cross between a variety of breeds. This double-coated, medium-sized dog comes from Scandinavia as a reindeer herder. Lapphunds will be loyal, intelligent, and easy-going as today’s family pet, and you can find them in a wide variety of colors and markings. Take a look at these sweet faces on Petfinder and see if you can find a match.
From the non-sporting group and also known as the puffin dog, this rock-climbing spitz-type pup has six toes on each paw and a particularly flexible skeleton. The Lundehund’s double coat is reddish-brown with some white around the edges. This is a happy dog who is alert, playful, and loyal, although some might say they’re a bit mischievous. The Norwegian Lundehund Association of America has info on rescue opportunities, and Petfinder lists dogs available for adoption.
Also known as the Xolo (that’s pronounced sho-lo), this hairless breed from the non-sporting group is the national dog of Mexico. Xoloitzcuintlis come in three sizes, and there’s even a coated variety with short hair. The Xolo is highly trainable, smart, and calm—and you won’t have to battle shedding or spend all day exercising with him. If one of the oldest breeds in the world sounds like your ideal pet, check out Petfinder and the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America for information on adoption and rescue.
The WKC show runs from February 13-14 out of Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast live from 8-11 PM Eastern on Monday and Tuesday. Will you be watching?
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