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Two New Breeds to Compete at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Looks like there will be some new furry faces at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The American Kennel Club recently announced the inclusion of two new breeds for the 2013 competition, the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Per a description on Westminster’s official site, new breeds are considered for addition when they’ve reached a significant number and distribution across the United States, as well as when a breed’s parent club shows a growing interest.

Praised for being “athletic, intelligent, and fiercely loyal,” the Russell Terrier is well-regarded for its hunting abilities, while the Treeing Walker Coonhound – bred to track and tree wild raccoons, hence its name – takes pride in its “clear, ringing bugle voice” and “intelligent, confident and sociable” nature.

Before these new breeds take their first bow at the show, to be held on Feb. 11 and 12 in New York City, tell us: Will you be watching?

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