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When the nation’s top show dogs make their way to New York City in a little more than one month for the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, there will be a few new faces making their way into the coveted Madison Square Garden show ring. As they work their way toward competing for Best in Show, get to know these new and unique AKC-recognized breeds.

American Hairless Terrier



Hailing From: United States

Competes in: Terrier Group

What You Need to Know: This small-to-medium size terrier is active, intelligent, and friendly. Despite its name, the breed also comes in a coated variety, although the coated dog still carries the hairless gene. These dogs have a natural drive to excel, making them great partners in dog sports such as agility or obedience. This is a fantastic choice for a family that suffers from allergies, as the hairless variety causes fewer allergic reactions than other breeds.





Hailing From: Hungary

Competes in: Herding Group

What You Need to Know: Defined as energetic, lively, and ready to work, the Pumi is perfect for a family willing to provide it with lots of exercise and mental activity. With a whimsical expression and corkscrew curls, this medium-size dog has a strong working drive and was historically used to herd. The Pumi is bright, alert, and active, making it ideal for many of the AKC dog sports.





Hailing From: North Africa

Competes in: Hound Group

What You Need to Know: This robust, yet elegant sighthound is medium sized and is treasured for its hunting skills. The breed is known to be calm and somewhat reserved, but must have daily exercise on leash or in a fenced area because of its superior prey drive. Although independent, the Sloughi bonds closely with his owners and is extremely eager to please.


Want to get a chance to meet these breeds before the big show begins? Come to AKC Meet the Breeds presented by Purina® Pro Plan® on Feb. 11, 2017, where these and hundreds of other breeds will be available to play with! Click here for more details.

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