Meet The New American Kennel Club Dog Breeds

You’ll love them because they’re adorable!

By Catalina Barrios

You’re about to fall in love with these three new breeds.

One of my family traditions is watching every Miss Universe every year. The participants of this worldwide known beauty pageant prepare most of their lives to be part of this event where the winner receives a crown and travels around the world supporting charitable causes.

You may be wondering what Miss Universe has to do with dogs. I compare the pageant to what I call the Miss Universe of the dog world, better known as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This is two night event when hundreds of dogs go the Madison Square Garden to compete among the best of the best. It’s known as the crème de la crème of canine competitions. Dogs are judged in agility, obedience and in individual breed competitions.

This year, the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show added three new and unique American Kennel Club recognized breeds to the competition. This year was the first time the show included a program featuring cats.

Of these three new faces at the most prestigious dog show, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Meet the new recruits below:

1. American Hairless Terrier

The first time I saw a picture of this dog, it  reminded me of one of my favorite Disney movies, 101 Dalmatians. These small to medium size dogs (they can weigh between 5 and 25 pounds) are active, intelligent, friendly and the perfect match for families with children.

They are also excellent pets for dog lovers who have allergies. These terriers are highly energetic and enjoy learning tricks. American Hairless Terriers have a life expectancy between 14 to 16 years.

2. Pumi

I feel like cuddling this dog! He is too cute.

Pumi dogs come from Hungary. This dog breed is perfect for homes with big yards as they are very energetic and enjoy activities such as flyball, jogging and playing fetch. They can weigh between 22 to 33 pounds and live between 12 to 15 years.

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