Westminster Dog Show 2013: Two new dog breeds to compete in separate events

By on Jan 29, 2013 in Animals, Announcement, Events, United States, World Comments

The Westminster Kennel Club, a member of the American Kennel Club, announced on Monday, January 28, 2013 that its 2013 Annual Dog Show will be held on February 11-12, in New York.

Westminster Dog Show 2013
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Credit: The Westminster Kennel Club

According to a press release, the competition will be held in two venues: the Madison Square Garden, and New York’s Piers 92 and 94 along the Hudson River.

Considered as the most famous dog show in the US, the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog show will feature two new dog breeds that will compete in separate categories.

Reports say that the new dog breeds that will be participating in the 2013 Westminster Dog Show include the Russel Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound.

The Westminster Kennel Club described the Russell Terrier as “the ultimate working earth terrier due to their small size (10″ to 12″ tall) and unique chest.” This new dog breed features a “small, oval-shaped, spannable, compressible chest, which allows them to hunt efficiently below ground, pulling, pushing and bending through tight turns and narrow tunnels.”

Another newcomer in the competition is the intelligent, confident and sociable hound dog, Treeing Walker Coonhound. This new dog breed was described by WKC as a “fast, alert, hot-nosed hunter with superb endurance, treeing ability and the desire to perform. It has a clear, ringing bugle voice or a steady clear chop with changeover at the tree.”

All judging for the 137th Annual Dog Show competition will held indoors. According to the Westminster Kennel Club, show hours will be from 8:00 A.M. E.T. to 11:00 P.M..

Breed Judging/Benching and Junior showmanship preliminaries will be held at piers 92 and 94. The Junior showmanship Finals and Variety Group Judging/Benching will be at the Madison Square Garden Center Pennsylvania Plaza.

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