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Our favorite sporting event of the year is less than a month away, and there are three new dog breeds you’ll want to watch at the 138th annual Westminster Dog Show: the Rat Terrier, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Chinook.
To become eligible to compete at Westminster, the three new breeds had to be registered in the Miscellaneous category and have consistent enrollment of the breed in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service, generally from one to three years. Once the breed is fully recognized by the AKC, it moves to a group: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting or Herding. And that makes it eligible to compete in competitions like Westminster.
The Rat Terrier competes in the Terrier group, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno joins the Hound group, and the Chinook is a member of the Working group. Learn more about them below.
Rat Terrier is one of the few breeds that can proudly claim to be made in the U.S.A. His admirers blended breeds like the
Smooth Fox Terrier,
Miniature Pinscher and
Beagle to create an all-purpose farm dog who could kill rats and hunt small game. Like many of his
terrier cousins, the
Rat Terrier is typically smart and active, which means you'll need to entertain him with lots of exercise and mentally stimulating activities — if you want him to leave your house in one piece. Consider dog sports like
agility and flyball for this fun canine.
We can't wait to see this little rabbit-hunting dog from Portugal compete in the ring. The lively Portuguese Podengo Pequeno comes in two varieties: the smooth (a short, dense coat) and the wirecoat (a medium-length, rough coat). Don't let her tiny size fool you; she's an alert sighthound whose nature can make her an excellent watchdog. Just make sure she doesn't develop a hobby of chasing the family cat!
Originally bred as a sled dog by a musher in New Hampshire, the Chinook is known for his thick, tawny-colored double coat, athletic ability and affectionate disposition. The rare and intelligent breed needs lots of daily exercise, making him a good match for an active family. However, a bored Chinook can be quite destructive and won’t be entertained by lounging on the couch.
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