3 Dog Breeds New to Westminster

Although none of these breeds are technically "new,” they are newly recognized by the American Kennel Club and they will be making their Westminster debut.

By | Posted: February 6, 2014, 10 a.m. PST

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>>


Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

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>>

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno

Rat Terrier

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>>

Rat Terrier


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Jan   Glenview, South Carolina

2/8/2014 6:33:30 AM

As ALL of the dogs , these are beautiful ! What i never see (maybe i just miss them ?) are Jack Russell Terriers . I have 3 , that watch Westminster faithfully with me , bark when they hear a bark , love to see the other dogs running with the trainers/owners -- i really think they're looking for themselves ! Unbelievable protectors as well . Gracie , Jackson & Blackie (Bink) and me will be watching as usual . I literally mark my calendar yearly so i never miss the show . Such gorgeous animals -- DEFINITELY God spelled backwards :-)

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Margaret   Sarasota, Florida

2/7/2014 8:20:57 PM

I think that it is only the English White Terrier that is now extinct. The other breeds listed are still around.

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Dee   Escondido, California

2/7/2014 5:43:27 PM

I had no idea the fox terrier is now extinct. My neighbors in Iowa had a fox terrier and he was an amazing dog. He had enough energy for three dogs. And so intelligent! He could do all sorts of tricks. We thought he was a circus dog. That was about 70 years ago. What a shame the breed is no longer around. I suppose the Jack Russell is a close relative.

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