There will be two new breeds this year at the Westminster dog show. The American Kennel Club recently announced that the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound will be eligible for this year’s show.
The AKC adds new breeds almost every year to the annual dog show.
“The American Kennel Club determines the eligibility of breeds to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and at any other shows held by AKC member clubs. Generally, the AKC will consider a breed for recognition if the breed shows sufficient numbers and geograpnhic distribution in this country, and a growing interest is demonstrated by an active parent club.”
The 2013 Westminster Dog Show will be held in Manhattan on February 11 and 12. This year’s show will feature 187 breeds including the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound.
The Westminster Dog Show has been held since 1877 and is America’s longest running dog show. It is also the second longest running sporting event, next to the Kentucky Derby.
It is unlikely that the Russell Terrier or the Treeing Walker Coonhound will walk away with any prizes this year but here’s a look at Westminster’s newest dog breeds.
The Russell Terrier.