The Westminster Dog Show is often touted as the place to see and be seen for dog breeds across the world. Each year, new dog breeds that are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are shown.
There is a long waiting list to be considered a new breed by the AKC, who has high standards about what makes a breed worthy of being considered. Each breed recognized by the AKC has a different standard, and it is considered an honor for a breed to be recognized by the AKC and an even greater honor for the breed to be shown at the Westminster Dog Show. The following breeds are new to the Westminter Dog Show this year:
The Boykin Spaniel is a little larger than the Cocker Spaniel with a liver or brown color that also sets it apart. Although this breed has been around for over a decade and is the official State Dog of South Carolina, it was only recently recognized as an official breed. Bred as a hunting dog, the Boykin Spaniel is intelligent, loyal and obedient. The Boykin Spaniel is a working dog that needs plenty of regular exercise. It became part of the sporting group this year.
The Bluetick Coonhound was a new addition to the hound group this year. This breed is a working dog that was bred for hunting or working on a farm. Obedient and loyal, the Bluetick Coonhound makes a great companion for an owner with an active lifestyle. This breed stands out because of its mottled pattern coat that appears to be a dark blue in color. As a part of the hound group, Bluetick Coonhound also possess the distinct bark of a hound.
The Cane Corso is an Italian breed that showed in the working group this year. This breed is a mastiff type that is appealing to those wanting a large-boned breed with a powerful presence. The Cane Corso makes a good family dog, and an obedient and easily trained companion. This breed is large but athletic, so it will do best in an environment where regular exercise needs can be met.
The Leonberger looks quite lion-like, making it a popular dog because of its appearance alone. Although the Leonberger was bred to be a working dog, it makes a great family pet because of its affectionate and eager-to-please personality. Needing moderate exercise, this breed makes a great companion for an owner that wants a loyal and loveable dog. The Leonberger was shown in the working group for the first time this year.
The Icelandic Sheepdog is actually quite an old bred, but was just officially recognized as a breed and shown in the herding group this year. An obedient and social breed, the Icelandic Sheepdog is gaining recognition as an ideal family dog. Icelandic Sheepdogs are a medium sized breed that is agile and active, needing regular exercise to curb their herding impulses when not being used as a working dog. This breed is still relatively unknown, but steadily gaining popularity.