These are the rare breeds that will appear on the Wendy Williams Show with Wendy and cohost Hulk Hogan on Thursday February 9
Bedlington Terrier (Bed-ling-ton) The Bedlington Terrier is best known for his curly wooly coat, which gives him the appearance of a lamb. They were bred in the mining district of Northumberland, England, where they caught rats and vermin. The miners raced them on Sundays for sport. They are mild and gentle dogs, energetic but not rambunctious, that make great playmates for children.
Xoloitzcuintli (new breed) – (Show-low-eats-queent—lay). The national dog of Mexico. Also known as the “Mexican Hairless” dog. They are the original “healing” dog –Aztecs used them as heating pads. Almost went extinct because Conquistadors salted them and ate them on the long voyage home. They are sweet and extremely sensitive to their human owners’ mood and health. They come in three sizes from tiny to large.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier – (Dan-dee Dinn-mont) They come in two colors, Mustard and Pepper. Named after a character in a novel by Sir Walter Scott, (“Guy Mannering” 1814). Dandies were used to hunt otter, badger, mink, rabbit, partridge and game birds since 1700 in Scotland and England. Dandies are just under a foot high at the shoulder and are twice as long as they are tall. They don’t shed. They are faithful, ever-present companions who can keep a secret.
Komondor – (Komm – onn – door) A large, muscular breed, the Komondor is mostly known for its unusually dense, protective coat of heavy white cords, which make him look like a giant mop or a Rastafarian in dreadlocks. The coat forms naturally as the breed matures. The coat covers vulnerable body parts in case of attack from wolves or coyotes and helps him blend in with his flock of sheep. It protects him from weather extremes. He has been a working dog in Hungary for ten centuries.
Afghan Hound – (Aff- gann) The Afghan is a sighthound, pursuing its quarry by his keen eyesight. The Afghan Hound was hunted singly or with specially trained falcons. Its quarry included hare, wolves, jackals, marmots and snow leopards. The Afghan is sure-footed and agile with the stamina to maintain a strenuous chase for a sustained length of time. They are known for being a king of dogs, aloof and dignified, although great clowns and companions for their family. The Afghan is still found hunting with tribesmen in the mountainous and desert regions of his native country, Afghanistan.
Pekingese- (Peek-inn- ease) The Pekingese was developed in the Tang dynasty in the 8th century. Pekingese were held sacred in ancient China and could only be owned by royalty. The punishment for stealing a Pekingese was death. When the British overtook the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they were fascinated by the small dogs with flat faces and took many of them back to England, where the breed has been popular ever since. Their image is lion-like, implying courage, dignity, boldness and self-esteem.