7 Unusual Dog Breeds You'll See at the 2016 Westminster Dog Show

If you plan on tuning in to the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show today and tomorrow, we bet you already have some favorite breeds you're excited to watch in the ring. And while we always enjoy rooting for classic, popular breeds like Golden Retrievers and French Bulldogs, one of the highlights for us is seeing unusual-looking breeds we're not likely to encounter at the dog park.

From the sightly Saluki to the peculiar Puli, check out seven unique breeds that will undoubtedly have viewers doing double takes — including two breeds making their Westminster debuts this year.

The two-night telecast airs on CNBC on Monday, Feb. 15, from 8 to 11 p.m. EST, and on USA on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 8 to 11 p.m. EST. Tell us in the comments below if you're rooting for any of these unusual canines!

Keep an Eye Out for These Showstoppers


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The Bergamasco will be appearing at Westminster for the first time this year, and we have no doubt this newly recognized breed will turn plenty of heads! This herding dog's matted coat helps protect him from bad weather and any predators that may try to attack his flock.

Two Salukis Standing in Grass

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How could you not admire the Saluki's graceful, elegant frame? These gorgeous sighthounds are known for their narrow heads, hanging ears, bright eyes, long legs and silky hair.

Bull Terrier

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Bull Terrier

We'd recognize the football-shaped head of the Bull Terrier from 100 yards away! At Westminster, this breed is technically sorted into separate entries: one for colored Bull Terriers and another for white ones. And don't count out the Miniature Bull Terrier — 10 of them are competing this year.

Puli Dog Breed

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Can't get enough of those cool corded coats? Keep an eye out for the Puli, a Hungarian herding breed with a soft, woolly undercoat and dense, corded outercoat. As you might expect, bathing and drying a Puli can take hours.

Chinese Crested dog breed

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Chinese Crested

From a breed with plenty of hair to one with a noticeable lack of it, meet the Chinese Crested! The dog pictured here is of the hairless kind, but the breed also comes in a variety called Powderpuff, in which the dogs are completely covered with silky fur. Fun fact: Both types of Chinese Crested dogs can be born in the same litter!

Cirneco dell'Etna dog breed

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Cirneco dell’Etna

Here's another breed that's eligible to compete at Westminster for the first time this year: the Cirneco dell’Etna. These stunning sighthounds hail from Sicily, Italy, and are revered for their general athleticism, jumping ability and stealthy, silent mode of hunting.

Bedlington Terrier dog breed

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Bedlington Terrier

Yes, we're positive these are actual dogs and not lambs! The Bedlington Terrier may resemble a young sheep, but don't let that fool you — she's a true Terrier who tends to take her watchdog duties seriously. And this may surprise you: Bedlingtons are born black or brown, and their coats lighten as they mature.

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