Westminster’s top dog could look a little different this year.
Seven new dog breeds — the Bergamasco, the Lagotto Romagnolo, the Berger Picard, the Miniature American shepherd, the Boerboel, Spanish water dog and the Cirneco dell’Etna — were added to the American Kennel Club dog registry, according to Reuters, making each of them eligible to compete at the famed Westminster Dog Show in February. That’s one step closer to the coveted Best in Show title!
The Bergamasco, one of the new breeds the Westminster Kennel Club welcomed to the competition on its Instagram page on Thursday, is an unusual-looking sheep dog known for its coat that is covered in formed mats, according to the AKC’s website.
Also on the unique side is the Cirneco dell’Etna, a pup with large ears that is reminiscent of the feline who found fame this week for looking like Star Wars actor Adam Driver — a reason for cat-lovers to watch the show this year? Maybe.
Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny Obama might be excited to know that the Spanish water dog is now allowed to compete. Though the two breeds are in the working and herding categories respectively, their shaggy coats are what creates their interesting look (though the Spanish version is known for its more wooly texture).
According to Reuters, 2,752 registered dogs will compete on Feb. 15 and 16 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, representing 199 breeds and varieties from around the world.
May the prettiest dog win!