The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show gets underway Feb. 10 to 11 in New York City and when it does three new breeds will vie for Best in Show for the first time in the show’s history.
Here is a quick look at the Chinook, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Rat Terrier.
Created by explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden of Wonalancet, N.H., Chinooks are descended from one extraordinary sled dog named Chinook who was born in 1917. A member of the AKC Working Group, the medium-sized to large Chinook requires lots of exercise and thrives on outdoor activities. The thick double coat is tawny, ranging from pale honey to a deep reddish-gold. Excellent family dogs, Chinooks are loving and playful, with a special affinity for children. Read more>>
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno is an ancient hound that originated in Portugal where it was used to hunt rabbits. Although Podengos also come in Grande (large) and Medio (medium) sizes, the Pequeno (small) is the only variety recognized by the AKC at this time. Lively and intelligent, Pequenos are 8 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh about 9 to 13 pounds. The coat, which may be smooth or wiry, is yellow or fawn (light tan) with or without white markings. Read more>>
An all-American creation, the Rat Terrier developed in the 19th century thanks to many breeds, including the now-extinct English White Terrier, Bull Terrier, Manchester Terrier, Fox Terrier, Italian Greyhound and others. In the early 1900s, Rat Terriers were popular farm dogs thanks to their excellent skills dispatching rats, rabbits and other pesky vermin. Rat Terriers come in two sizes: miniature (10 to 13 inches at the shoulder) and standard (more than 13 to 18 inches at the shoulder). The smooth coat is always pied (patches of white with another solid color). Read more>>