The Westminster Kennel Club dog show takes place next week, and three new dogs will make their international debut. Ranging from small to medium in size (and also representing North America, Europe, and Africa), these newly-eligible breeds are sure to bring the heat to NYC!
Read on for the lowdown on these unique newcomers to the Westminster competition.
American Hairless Terrier
First up, it’s a new and unique American breed. The American Hairless Terrier is related to the rat terrier, and weighs anywhere from 5.5 to 26 lbs. While “hairless” is in the name, they’re not always fur-free. Every now and then, you’ll encounter an AHT with a short coat of hair.
Known for being energetic, curious, and highly intelligent, these pint-sized pups make dynamic companions. The American Hairless Terrier competes in the terrier group this year.
The Pumi (pronounced “pooh-me”) is another fun and unusual addition to the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club show. A smart, hard-working breed, Pumis trace back to Western Hungary, where they were originally bred for herding sheep, cattle and pigs. The Pumi is a contender in the Herding Group at Westminster this year. And with its wavy fur, perky ears, and lolling tongue, the Pumi is also a top contender for our new favorite creature.
One more fun fact: the plural of Pumi is Pumik.
Finally, introducing the last new breed at Westminster 2017: the Sloughi. Pronounced “Sloo-ghee,” the Sloughi is also known as the Arabian greyhound. This rare and elegant sight hound originates from the northern part of Africa, and comes in three different colors and four unique markings.
Sloughis are incredibly loyal sidekicks, but they take time to warm up to strangers. In addition, they’re strong hunters, most noteworthy for their excellent sight and speed. The Sloughi will compete in—you guessed it—the hound group.
There you have it: three amazing new dog breeds sure to delight and amaze in the Westminster Kennel Club Show next week. You can watch the show at home on February 13th and 14th; click here for a complete list of channels and times.