Westminster Dog

February 13, 2012 by staff 

Westminster Dog, The 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins Monday in New York City. Dogs from across the country come for two days to compete in the world’s most famous dog show against top entries in their breed and group.

The prestigious show will feature 2,077 dogs and 105 Junior Showmanship entries. Dogs come from 47 states across the United States, with New York, California and Pennsylvania featuring the most entries.

At the Westminster Dog Show, Rhodesian Ridgebacks will be the highest entry with 40 dogs and French Bulldogs will come in a close second at 39 entries. There will be 38 Labrador Retrievers competing, 32 Golden Retrievers and 29 Vizslas. The smallest entry is two and occurs in five breeds, including American Water Spaniels, Harriers, Kuvaszok, Sealyham Terriers and Canaan Dogs.

Six of the breeds featured in the Westminster Dog Show are newly recognized breeds and will be competing for the first time in the show. The new breeds include: American English Coonhounds (three entries in Hound Group), Cesky Terries (three entries in Terrier Group), Norwegian Lundehunds (five entries in the non-sporting group), Xoloitzcunitlis (ten entries in the non-sporting group), Entlebucher Mountain dogs (four entries in the herding group) and Finnish Lapphunds (eight entries in the herding group).

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