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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?

9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Golden Retriever


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Golden Retrievers always rank high among the most popular breeds in the United States, and they’re #3 on PuppySpot’s list. These loyal, sociable dogs are excellent with children and families, and excel at obedience training and therapy work. They’re eager-to-please companions that can adapt to many environments, from apartments to larger living spaces. Here are 9 facts you need to know about Golden Retrievers!

1. They’re talented.
Not only do they make great family pets, but Goldens are also helpful to greater society. They’re used as hunters, guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and more. Their great trainability and keen sense of smell makes them useful for many jobs.

2. They love to swim.
Golden Retrievers give meaning to the term “doggy paddle.” These dogs have a knack for swimming in their blood; they even have water-repellent coats! They’ll joyfully take a dip in the pool or the ocean with you (sometimes without being asked).

3. They’re all over TV and cinema.
The camera loves Goldens, and is it any wonder why? Their friendly smiles and lovable character are irresistible to viewers everywhere. You might recognize the breed from the Disney movie franchise “Air Bud” or from Comet in the TV series “Full House.” This breed is a favorite in television and movies, and we’re not complaining!

4. They’re considered the fourth smartest dog breed.

According to the AKC, Golden Retrievers are the fourth smartest dogs behind the Border Collie, Poodle and German Shepherd. That must be why they’re so good at many different jobs!

5. They belonged to presidents.
US presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan both had Golden Retrievers as pets while serving in the White House. The name of Ford’s Golden was Liberty, and Reagan’s was Victory.

6. They come in three recognized colors.
When it comes to Golden Retrievers, there’s not just one version of “golden.” The three standard colors of this breed are gold, light golden, and dark golden.

7. They’re calm and cool.
Despite their size and strength, Goldens are not particularly loud. They don’t bark much, except for if a stranger comes to the door. Most of the time, this majestic breed is quiet and well-behaved.

8. They get along with others.
Cat, dog, goldfish—doesn’t matter, a Golden can get along with just about anyone. They’re also very gentle around small children, though supervision is still needed because Goldens can get overexcited and accidentally knock over a child.

9. They set the bar for obedience.
Goldens excel in tests of obedience. In fact, they were the first three consecutive winners of AKC’s Obedience trials starting in 1977. These champs are truly outstanding dogs.

Westminster Insight
A Golden Retriver named “Tamarack And Blueprint’s Defying Gravity” placed in third among the Sporting Group at the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

What do you love about your Golden Retriever? Comment below!

6 Things You Didn’t Know About the German Shepherd


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Intelligent. Brave. Strong. These are three words describing the German Shepherd (formally known as the German Shepherd Dog), America’s second-favorite dog, just behind the Labrador Retriever, and #2 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds. But there’s more to these popular working companions than what you might think. Here are 6 facts you need to know about German Shepherds!

1. They are very trainable.
Despite their reputation as an intimidating and stubborn breed, Germans take direction well and are valued in police and service work, among other jobs. As quick learners, these active dogs are favorites for all types of training including military, obedience and agility skill sets. They live to learn and obey commands, whether it’s sniffing out explosives at the airport, or fetching a Frisbee in a game at the park.

2. They weren’t always called “German.”
Like their name suggests, German Shepherds originated in Germany as sheep-herding dogs on farms during the twentieth century, but the name did not totally stick. Due to tensions between Germany and the US during World War I, the AKC temporarily renamed the breed the Shepherd Dog. Also during that time, the English started calling them Alsatian Wolf Dogs and now, they are known widely as Alsatians in Europe.

3. They make great watchdogs.

Because they are so loyal to their owners, German Shepherds will go out of their way to offer their family protection. In this way, they live up well to their image as fearsome guard dogs. They’ll bark at suspicious strangers and can intimidate aggressors with their size alone, yet a well-trained German is gentle and friendly, especially towards children, making the breed a versatile companion.

4. They come in several different colors.
While the traditional German Shepherd you’ll see is more often than not black and tan, Germans can come in a variety of colors and patterns, including full black, black and silver, blue, gray, sable, and even white. Don’t be fooled, though; despite what some may want you to believe, no one color of German Shepherd is more “rare” or valuable than the common bi-colored coat.

5. They’re movie stars.
This breed first gained fame after WWI Corporal Lee Duncan rescued the German Shepherd “Rin Tin Tin,” who went on to make several appearances in war movies. Other featured roles by the German Shepherd include “Wolfie” in The Terminator, “Hobo” in The Littlest Hobo and “Delgado” in Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

6. They’re everyday heroes.

There are countless stories of German Shepherds assisting and even saving the lives of their human companions. According to Les Anges Gardiens, in 1970, a German Shepherd named Kanaka was recognized for her numerous rescues and success in uncovering evidence for police in Ontario. Another famous German, Orient, graduated from the Seeing Eye Program and became the dog of Bill Irwin, leading him through the grueling Appalachian Trail. Nearly every day in the news, you’ll hear about a courageous German Shepherd having saved a life, making the world a more secure place to live in.

Westminster Insight
A German Shepherd named Rumor was awarded Best In Show at the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Rumor is one of the only two dogs to win Best in Show from the Herding Group. The last was a German Shepherd Dog named Covy Tucker Hill’s Manhattan in 1987. 


How has having a German Shepherd changed your life? Comment below and share with us!

10 Dogstagrams to Follow


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Westminster Kennel Club
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the longest running continuously held dog sporting event, hosting its first show in 1877. The club even predates the American Kennel Club by 7 years! WKC has a wonderful Instagram account giving followers a backstage view of the show during competition season.

Puppy love 💜#WKCDogShow

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(@westminsterkennelclub) on

Frenchie Butt
This account follows the pawsitively adorable adventures of Seattleite French Bulldog, Milo. A self-proclaimed “bedbound butterball,” Milo can typically be seen sleeping, smiling, and being an overall derpy Frenchie.

rotate to see awk face 🙃

A photo posted by hi my name is milo 🐱🐷🐸🐰🍞🍗 (@frenchiebutt) on

 

Corgnelius
Two Corgi brothers, Corgnelius and Stumphrey, waddle their way through sunny Los Angeles. If you enjoy short legs and charming faces, this account is for you.

#fbf Corgi sniffing this bunny who coincidentally smells a lot like Stumphrey.

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The Dogist
The brainchild of photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, this stunning account uniquely captures the beauty of New York’s furriest residents. The images have been made into a book (also known as the perfect gift for the dog-lover in your life).

Taco The City Dog
Part Portie, part panda and a true city dog, Taco can be found exploring the Big Apple. He recently became big brother to a tiny human, lovingly dubbed “Chalupa.”

Off to jump in some puddles ☔️🐼💦#rainydaypanda #tongueouttuesday #littleredtacohood

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Brady The Golden Pup
As mischievous as he is adorable, Brady is guaranteed to be ray of sunshine in your Instagram feed. Brady first got his stardom after being featured on Huffington Post as the confused pup trying to catch painted-on fish in his baby pool.

Still goin after dis lemon business 🍋🍋🍋 #lillegs #fluffbutt #dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #goldenretriever

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Menswear Dog
The most dapper dog you’ll ever meet, Bodhi, a six year-old Shiba Inu named after Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, has captured the hearts of the fashion industry and the general public alike.

American Kennel Club
The incredibly informative, educational account of the American Kennel Club is a must-follow for any dog enthusiast. AKC posts a “breed of the day,” along with relevant facts about said breed.

Your cure for the Monday-after-the-holiday-season blues. #AKCBreedoftheDay #AKCAustralianCattleDog

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My Regal Beagle
Also known as Sid Pizza Dog, a five-year-old lemon and white Beagle and self-proclaimed Dog Mayor of Austin, TX. Sid must be the happiest dog, as he’s regularly seen with delicious treats like pizza, hotdogs, cookies and donuts.

is throwback monday a thing? plz watch my videos ➡️ #sidvid ___________________________ Snapchat➡️MyRegalBeagle

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Samson The Dood
Samson is the coolest Goldendoodle (f1b to be exact) you’ll ever follow and probably the closest you’ll ever come to a living, breathing teddy bear. Fittingly, Samson resides in Brooklyn, NY and lives a more lavish life than any of us ever will.

When you’re trying to get to bed early & she stays connected #nophonezone 🚫📱#samsonandbea 🐶💤🐻

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