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As you watch the National Dog Show this Thursday, keep an eye out for two fresh faces making their competition debuts this year.
The addition of the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound brings the number of breeds at the 2012 competition to 187. Fun fact: That's 28 more breeds than there were when the first National Dog Show aired on NBC a decade ago.
The small and confident Russell Terrier excels at vermin hunting, much like many of her terrier relatives. You may know her by her more colloquial name: the Jack Russell Terrier.
She's very similar to the Parson Russell Terrier, who was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1997. But the two dogs are different in body structure and height (the Russell Terrier has shorter legs), so American and European kennel clubs consider them to be separate breeds.
According to the AKC, "[T]he breed's handy size, small flexible chest, nose, strong voice and fearless nature make it an excellent specimen to work vermin below ground."
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