New Breeds to Debut at Westminster Dog Show


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Every year for four days in February, dog experts meet in New York City’s Madison Square Garden to judge dogs according to their breed standards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This year, three breeds new to the show will be judged for the first time: The Pumi, American Hairless Terrier and Sloughi. Will one of them win Best in Show?

Pumi

This newly recognized hound to the American Kennel Club (AKC) is the Pumi, a popular Hungarian herding dog first imported to Finland in 1972. This active breed loves to take direction and is an expert at herding sheep, cattle and pigs. Intelligent and alert, these dogs have a curly, Poodle-like coat which comes in black, white, gray and fawn. They do great in agility, and can be trained to compete in just about any event!

American Hairless Terrier

Who knew the playful, perky American Hairless Terrier was the result of a mutation? In 1972, a completely hairless puppy was born to a litter of otherwise normal Rat Terriers in Louisiana. The puppy was kept and well-received by its owners, who considered the spotted and pink-skinned pup a delight. From there, these dogs went on to begin the first hairless breed originating in the US. Their lack of fur makes them an excellent choice for people with allergies, though they still shed skin cells and need sunscreen to prevent their skin from burning. In addition, their alertness to unknown sounds make them great watchdogs. They come in a variety of colors and markings and excel at competitions that put their energetic bodies to use!

Sloughi

While new to the AKC and now Westminster’s hound group, the Sloughi is an ancient breed. Also called the Arabian Greyhound, the Sloughi originates from North Africa and was developed further in the US and Europe. Part of what makes Sloughis unique is that they are sighthounds, meaning they rely primarily on their sight, rather than their nose, to hunt. These sleek and noble dogs will be an interesting sight at this year’s show!

 

All amazing dogs, yet these are only three of the many breeds set to take the stage this weekend. Which breed are you rooting for this year?

5 Goldendoodle Facts That You Should Know


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The Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed developed in the 1990’s to have the friendly, energetic nature of a Golden Retriever and the allergy-friendly coat of a Poodle. They have since become one of the most popular American dogs and ranked #5 on our list of most popular dog breeds.

Here are 5 Goldendoodle Facts That You Should Know:

1. They’re a good choice for people with allergies.

While Goldendoodle fur varies from dog to dog, the hybrid tends to be a good choice for those with allergies to shedding dogs. Because of its Poodle-like fur, Goldendoodles hardly shed and are virtually hypoallergenic.

2. They’re brainy.

Both parent breeds of the Goldendoodle are in the top 5 of highest ranking in intelligence. The Poodle is #2, while the Golden Retriever is #4. This mix of smarts makes for one brainy pup.

3. They have good genes.

As a cross between two different breeds, Goldendoodles have a healthy genetic pool of variation. According to Goldendoodles.com, first generation (F1) crosses (the product of a Golden Retriever and Poodle) have the highest “hybrid vigour,” which is the idea that the first generation offspring are healthier than each of their individual parent lines.

4. They go by more than one name.

While “Goldendoodle” is the common name for this Golden Retriever-Poodle cross, they can also go by “Golden Poos”, “Goldie Poos”, or “Groodles.”

5. No two Goldendoodles are alike.

Since Goldendoodles are not purebreds, the characteristics of any one Goldendoodle cannot be predicted. A first generation Goldendoodle may look more like its Poodle parent or its Golden Retriever parent, and may possess any variation of personality or genetic qualities from either of its parents. These qualities become more consistent as Goldendoodles are bred between each other.

Ready for your new best friend? Check out our list of adorable Goldendoodle puppies today!