Two new dog breeds are set to debut at the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show next month.
The breeds – the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon vendeen — will be competing in the show for the very first time.
The Nederlandse kooikerhondje comes from the Netherlands and is a ‘true sporting dog being keen, swift, tough, attentive and energetic,’ according to the American Kennel Club.
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It’ll be competing in the sporting group at Westminster.
The second new breed, the grand basset griffon vendeen, originates from France.
This pup has a shaggy, low-eared appearance and originates from a duck-hunting breed, which is now known for its gentle and ditzy attitude.
This new breed will be competing in the hound group, due to its love for sniffing around.
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The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is set to showcase over 3,200 dogs, and is taking place on 12 February at Madison Square Garden. It’ll air on Fox Sports 1.
While we’re of course excited to see thousands of dogs doing their best to take home a gold medal, we’re totally buzzing to see two new pups participating in the event.