Three New Breeds at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Three New Breeds at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Three breeds are making their Westminster debuts in 2014. Learn all about them!


Chinook/©2013 AKC

Chinook: An American breed that is part of the Working Group, the Chinook was bred as a sled dog for drafting and sled dog racing in New Hampshire. The breed was later named the state dog of New Hampshire in 2009. Chinooks enjoy activities such as backpacking, skijoring, sledding, jogging, and hiking with their families. They are especially fond of children and get along well with other dogs. They are playful, highly trainable, and adaptable. Their tawny-colored double coat requires occasional bathing and brushing.

Learn more about the Chinook.

Watch the Chinook ring at Westminster. (Tuesday, Ring 10, 1:30 pm)




Rat Terrier
Rat Terrier/©2013 AKC

Rat Terrier: Part of the Terrier group, the Rat Terrier comes in two sizes – standard and miniature. Originally used to hunt rodents and vermin, the breed was one of the most common farm dogs from 1910-1930 in the U.S. They are loyal and active and love being a member of its human family.

Learn more about the Rat Terrier.

Watch the Rat Terrier ring at Westminster. (Tuesday, Ring 1, 11:00 am)




Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
Portuguese Podengo Pequeno / Courtesy of AKC

Portuguese Podengo Pequeno: The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno. is part of the Hound Group. The breed is known for its small size, erect ears and wedge shaped head. Bred to hunt in harsh terrains, they use sight, scent and sound to catch their prey — typically rabbits. They have two coat types, smooth and wire. This breed is active, intelligent and easy to train. They require regular exercise but should be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard due to their instinct to chase.

Learn more about the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.

Watch the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Monday judging at Westminster.