The 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show kicked off yesterday with all the fluffy and furry fanfare we’ve come to expect each year, as nearly 2500 dogs compete for best in breed at Madison Square Garden in New York City this week.
With competitors of every shape and size competing for glory (….and that’s just the handlers), the show is truly a visual delight as viewers are treated to the spectacle of, say, a gang of dread-headed Komondors swiffing around a show ring to a small army of prancing poufy Pomeranians scurrying round the ring in perfect formation.
Red rover, red rover, send a Buhund right over.
At almost every Westminster, new breeds are added after their human lobbyists fulfill the A.K.C.’s rules. This year, three new breeds were added to the lineup. Check out their photos and learn more about these unique, newly-inducted breeds below.
1) The Pyrenean Shepherd: (Pictured at top) Also known as a "Pyr Shep", this breed is native to France and has herded sheep in the Pyrenees Mountains of Southern France for centuries
2) The Norweigan Buhund: (Pictured at right) An energetic herding dog that hails from Viking times, this breed belongs to a large class of dogs called the Spitz type. They are also trained to aid the hearing impaired and to perform some types of police work.
3) The Irish Red and White Setter: (Pictured at bottom) Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is bred primarily for the field.
As I write this, Schmoo and Zazou are barking at the Westminster Dog Show on the TV as a posse of super teased and sprayed toy dogs flaunt their fluff in the ring. To translate, I believe their barking either means A) "Those dogs have too much product in their hair!" or B) they secretly hope that their dream of a Mutt-minster Dog Show will one day become a reality.
Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley