This year the American Kennel Club had 6 new breeds that were seen at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. It was the 136th annual Best in Show and of the 185 breeds of dogs that compete, the 6 new ones were the American English Coonhoud, Cesky Terrier, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, Norwegian Lundehund, and the Xoloitzcuintli. Before a new breed can be accepted into the competition it must have an established breed club and be able to provide information as well as have criteria for the breed standard.
Here’s some brief information for each of the new breeds:
1: American English Coonhound – A descendant of the English Foxhound, it is known for its speed and endurance and is used for hunting. This breed is also referred to as a Redtick Coonhound or English Coonhound. It is medium height and the coats come in three types, redneck, bluetick, and a tricolor. They require a lot of exercise and have a high prey drive. Generally, they are social good natured dogs and can be very playful.
2: Cesky Terrier – This breed was created in the 1940s as a cross between the Sealyham Terrier and Scottish Terrier. It is a short-legged long-bodied dog with a wavy, silky coat and has a temperament that is calm and quiet. It is good as a family pet and intelligent. Since they are terriers they do have a bold personality and require consistent training and have a strong prey drive to chase small animals and game. They also may naturally want to guard the house and family.
3: Entlebucher Mountain Dog – A member of the herding group, this dog is from Switzerland and is the smallest of the tri-colored Swiss Mountain Dogs. They are very energetic and love to work. They are easy to train and are good-natured dogs who may be weary of strangers. They have muscular bodies and tend to weigh between 45 to 65 pounds. They require a good amount of exercise and can make great jogging partners and would love to have a dog park to run around in on a regular basis.
4: Finnish Lapphund – These little dogs were originally used for reindeer herding in the Artic Circle and have a double coat that makes hot weather pretty unbearable for them. The breed is known to have a great friendly personality and is one of the most popular breeds in Finland. They are strongly built and are active dogs who are alert and will bark at unfamiliar things. They make good watch dogs and likes to go for walks or runs. This is a very healthy breed that would thrive in colder climates.
5: Norwegian Lundehund – This is a small spitz type that has its roots in Norway. The breed dates back to the 1600s and was used for hunting puffins. These dogs can bend their heads backwards along their own spines and normally have 6 toes per foot. They are known for their loyalty, agility, and make good family pets.
6: Xoloitzcuintli – This is an intelligent, loyal, athletic, and loving dog. They have been know to climb trees and exhibit amazing survival skills. The hairless is the most sought after for those who have allergies and want a canine buddy. They require a lot of exercise, discipline, attention, and mental stimulation. As they mature, they calm down and become very easy-going and laid back. They are a healthy breed and can live up to 20 yrs with good care and high quality food.