Six new dog breeds now approved for competition by the American Kennel Club will make their Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show debut this year. 

American English Coonhound

Photo courtesy AKC

The Hound Group welcomes the American English Coonhound. When wealthy land owners came to the new world, they also brought their love of hunting. The English Foxhounds that made the trek over to the US were not as adept at traversing the rougher terrain, so they were bred to the local Virginian Hounds, which were derived from French and Irish hounds previously brought over. Eventually Bloodhounds were introduced into the lineage to sharpen the breed’s sense of smell. The resulting American English Coonhound breed became famed for its ability to hunt both day and night. Its hard, medium-length coat can be ticked red or blue and white, tricolored, red and white or black and white. These dogs range from 23 to 26 inches in height and are built for speed and endurance. The breed is eager to please, ready to work and has a loud, baying bark.

Cesky TerrierThe Cesky Terrier (pronounced “chess-key”) is the only new addition to the Terrier Group this year. The breed was developed by a Czech geneticist who desired to combine the best features of the Scottish Terrier with the Sealyham Terrier — the Scottie’s dark color with the Sealyham’s drop ears and willingness to work with other dogs — to achieve the ultimate working terrier. He also wanted a smaller dog that could go to ground easier and have a silky coat that could be clipped rather than hand-stripped. Previously named the Bohemian Terrier, the breed entered the show ring for the first time in 1959 and was renamed Cesky Terrier in 1963. 

Entlebucher Mountain DogEntering the Herding Group is the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. This bobtailed, tricolor breed is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dog breeds. Between 16 to 21 inches in height, what the Entlebucher may lack in size, it makes up for in confidence, a high energy level and loyalty to his master. Entlebuchers remain active dogs their entire life and their guardian instincts make them unsuitable for novice dog owners. The breed needs to be socialized and obedience trained at an early age. Historically used as a farm dog and herder, Entlebuchers excel at agility and other canine sports.

Finnish LapphundThe Finnish Lapphund is other addition to the Herding Group. Originally used by the Sami, a nomadic people who inhabited northern Scandinavia, the Finnish Lapphund was used to herd reindeer. After World War II, the Scandinavian countries’ interest in saving the native dog breeds began to grow and the first breed standard was accepted by the Finnish Kennel Club in 1945. Because it was developed to work outside near the Arctic Circle, the Finnish Lapphund has thick, dense, soft fur and does not do well in hot weather. The breed sheds seasonally, but this can be handled with regular brushing. It is very docile and friendly with an endearing expression and makes a good family dog. The Finnish Lapphund is also alert and loud, so it makes an excellent watchdog. Excessive barking can be handled with training. 

Norwegian LundehundThe first of two Non-Sporting Group additions is the Norwegian Lundehund. This unique breed has several features that make it easy to spot such as six toes on each foot; prick ears that can close, fold forward or backward at will; and the ability to tilt their head far enough backward to touch their back bone. These qualities helped the Norwegian Lundehund hunt Puffin in the cliffs of arctic Norway. As the Puffin became a protected species of bird, the Norwegian Lundehund’s numbers began to dwindle until it was saved from extinction after World War II. The breed is known to have a pleasant, alert and sometimes mischievous nature.

XoloitzcuintliThe second of the new Non-Sporting Group entrants is the Xoloitzcuintli, (pronounced “show-low-eats-queen-tlee”). Although mostly seen hairless, the breed also comes in a coated variety as well as in three different sizes — toy, miniature and standard. One of the world’s oldest breeds, it was revered by ancient Aztecs who used the breed’s warm skin for healing purposes and believed the dog could defend against evil spirits. The Xoloitzcuintli’s long evolution without human manipulation has made it a loyal companion that is alert, highly trainable and known for its cleanliness. The breed is also the national dog of Mexico.

Canada's Top Show Dogs of 2012

Last year there were many successful Canadian dogs found in the ring, but only a few special ones could be considered top dogs. Here are Canada's top 10 show dogs of 2012.

The Cirneco Dell’Etna Joins the AKC Hound Group

The Cirneco Dell'Etna will be accepted into the AKC Hound Group on January 1, 2015.

Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Afghan Hound and the Saluki

To the casual observer, it may not be obvious that the Afghan Hound and Saluki are so closely related that in some cases it can be difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins.

Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog

The Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog are often the subject of casual comparisons. To some, the breeds are more like variations on a theme; to others, like night and day.

Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Doberman Pinscher and German Pinscher

While both breeds share short coats, wedge heads and similar body types, the biggest thing they have in common is their last name "Pinscher."


Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Scottish Terrier and Sealyham Terrier

When viewing both of these wonderful breeds, balance and type are essential elements. Both of these terriers are keen, alert, outgoing and enjoy ownership of the ring.

Back to Basics: A Comparison of the Vizsla and the Weimaraner

In the conformation ring, in all the performance areas and at home on the couch, there is an ongoing comparison of the Vizsla to the Weimaraner. They are both Sporting dogs, and many similarities exist in their history, function and standards.

A History of the Coton de Tulear: Part One

A history of the Coton de Tulear, from its ancient beginnings to its recent AKC recognition.

Legends and Folklore Surrounding the Coton de Tulear

Through these tales, one can garner a better understanding of the Coton de Tulear’s history and traits.

A History of the Coton de Tulear: Part Two

A history of the Coton de Tulear, from its ancient beginnings to its recent AKC recognition.


451-460 of 609 PAGE:  FIRST | PREVIOUS    ... | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | ...    NEXT | LAST

Top Products