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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Russell terrier is the ultimate working-earth terrier because of its small size (10- to 12-inches tall) and unique chest. Its hallmark is the small, oval-shaped, compressible chest, which allows the dog to hunt efficiently below ground, pulling, pushing and bending through tight turns and narrow tunnels. It is one of two breeds eligible to compete for the first time at the Westminster show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The energetic treeing walker coonhound is perfectly suited for the task for which it was bred: tracking and treeing wild raccoons. Developed from the walker foxhound, the Virginia hounds and the earliest English foxhounds brought to America, the treeing walker is a fast, alert, hot-nosed hunter. It is one of two breeds eligible to compete for the first time at the Westminster show.
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    Namina, left, a Mexican Xoloitzcuintli, and Eowyn, a Norwegian Lundehund, attend a news conference at the the American Kennel Club in New York Jan. 26, 2011, in this file photo. They were two of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • six new breeds entered at Westminster dog show

    This undated photo courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club shows a Cesky terrier. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in 2012 at the Westminster Dog Show.
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  • six new breeds entered at Westminster dog show

    This undated photo courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show shows an Entlebucher mountain dog. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • six new breeds entered at Westminster dog show

    This undated photo courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show shows a Finnish Lapphund. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • six new breeds entered at Westminster dog show

    This undated photo courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show shows an American English coonhound. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Boykin spaniel is a versatile and compact gundog. The breed was developed in the early 1900s in the Midlands of South Carolina to fill the need of local hunters for a smaller retriever for hunting waterfowl. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Bluetick coonhound is an athletic, compact, speedy and well-muscled hound, all of which helps it in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small game. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    With a pleading expression accompanied by a confident air, the Redbone coonhound is a courageous breed. Known for being a versatile hunter of tremendous skill, it is used on differing game from raccoon, bear to mountain lion. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Cane Corso is an ancient Italian breed, robust and muscular, medium-to-large in size, yet still elegant and athletic. Historically found on the family farms, its primary function was minder of livestock and property, as well as hunting companion for large game. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Leonberger is a large, muscular and elegant dog distinguished by a black mask and medium-length, weather-resistant coat of lion-yellow to reddish-brown color. Males and females are easily distinguished by size, with males carrying a lion-like mane. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Icelandic sheepdog arrived in Iceland on the longboats of the first Viking settlers. Its working method adapted to the struggle for survival, making it indispensable. It was one of the six new breeds eligible to compete in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    Despite its name, the Irish red and white setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish setter. Bred primarily for the field, it should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. It was one of the three new breeds eligible to compete in the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    Once the cherished companion of Vikings, the Norwegian Buhund is a versatile farm dog from Norway that herds livestock, guards property and has been used for hunting game. The name means farm-dog: "Bu" in Norwegian means homestead or farm and "hund" means dog. It was one of the three new breeds eligible to compete in the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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  • Dog Show Welcomes 6 New Breeds

    The Pyrenean shepherd is also known by its French name, Berger des pyrenees, but U.S. fanciers shorten it to "pyr shep." Herding is the economic mainstay of the High Pyrenees region, and the Pyrenean shepherd is the traditional working companion of the larger dog, the Great Pyrenees. It was one of the three new breeds eligible to compete in the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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