he Westminster Kennel Club only allows the best dogs to compete in its annual dog show. This year they will be allowing six new dog breeds into the competition; the Entlebucher mountain dog, the Norwegian Lundehund, the American English coonhound, the Finnish Lapphund, the Cesky terrier and the Xoloitzcuintli.
According to the Westminster Kennel Club, the 6 new dog breeds bring the total number of eligible breeds to 185. David Frei, the club’s director of communications, said that the number of breeds in the dog show has been steadily increasing over the years. In 1990 there were 142 eligible breeds.
Frei said that the six new breeds are long shots to win best in show this year. According to Frei, new breeds don’t usually get a lot of recognition at the beginning. The Bichon Frise, which was introduced in 1974, didn’t win Best in Show until 2001.
Here’s a look at the new dog breeds.
1. American English coonhound
- The coat of the English Coonhound is short and hard. Coat colors include: blue and white ticked, red and white ticked, tri-colored with ticking, red and white, and white and black. Excessive red or black is a fault in the show ring. Their bark sounds like a hound bawl. The tails are medium length and set high. Pleasant, alert, confident and sociable with humans and dogs.
- English Coonhounds are energetic, intelligent and active. Loving and eager to please their owners.Their great senses make them excellent hunters. This breed is an extremely fast, hot-trailing competitive type coonhound. Very devoted to its family, it makes a good companion dog. It does well living indoors and plays a fine guardian to his family and home. They are usually best with older considerate children, but can also do well with younger ones. Without proper human to canine leadership and communication some can be a bit dog-aggressive and or develpe behavior issues. They need owners who are firm, confident and consistent with an air of authority. Socialize this breed well preferably while still young to prevent them from being reserved with strangers. Do not let this breed off the leash in an unsafe area, as they may take off after an interesting scent. They have a strong instinct to tree animals. Without enough mental and physical exercise they will become high-strung.
- Height: 21-27 inches (53-69 cm.)
-Weight: 40--65 pounds (18-30 kg.)
- Living Conditions : These dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are very active indoors and do best with acreage.
- Exercise: English Coonhounds need extensive daily running to be happy. They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk or jog where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead, as in a dog's mind, the leader leads the way. They can become high strung and or destructive if they are lacking in exercise and or structure . They may take off after any interesting scent, so do not take the English Coonhound off its leash unless you are in a safe area.
- Life Expectancy About 11-12 Years
- Grooming : The short, hard coat is easy to care for. Comb and brush with a firm bristle brush, and shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
-Origin: It has been said that the history of the English Coonhound is the history of all coonhounds. With the exception of the Plott Hound, most coonhounds can be traced back to the English Foxhound. In 1905 the English Coonhound was first registered by UKC under the name of English fox & Coonhound. Back then they were used for fox hunting much more than they are today. The name reflected the similarity that the breed had to the American Foxhound and the English foxhound. While the Redbone and Black and Tan were given separate breed status, all other treeing coonhounds were called English after the turn of the century. These included both the Treeing Walker Coonhound and the Bluetick Coonhound. They were considered all the same breed. It was the variation in color which separated them. The heavily ticked dogs split off from the English and the Bluetick Coonhound was recognized as a separate breed in 1945. In 1946 the tricolored hounds separated into the breed called Treeing Walker Coonhounds. Though redticked dogs predominate, to this day there are still tri-colored and blueticked English hounds. The English Coonhound was bred to adapt to the rougher American climate and terrain. An English named "Bones," owned by Colonel Leon Robinson, won one of the first National Coonhound Championships. The breed is still used by practical hunters and competitive hound owners throughout the USA.
2. Entlebucher mountain dog
- Weight: 55-60 lbs
- Height: 16-20 inches
- Color(s): Tri-Color; Black with symmetrical white and rust markings.
Dating back to Roman times, this ancient breed is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs. Used by Alpine herdsmen to drive cattle, the Entlebucher Mountain Dog was also used as a companion and guardian. This working breed is extremely rare in both Europe and the United States.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is of medium-size, muscular, sturdy, and compactly built. This breed is agile, alert, and deft. Entlebucher Mountain Dog's possess a friendly and clever expression as well as strength and stamina.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. They are friendly, loyal, and form close attachments to their family. They do not do well if bored or isolated and prefer to be with their family. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog does best in a home with older considerate children. They do well with other dogs and household pets. This breed is protective of family, home, and territory and will alert to danger or their suspicions by barking.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog does not do well in warm climates. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush to remove loose and dead hair is recommended. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to not over-feed this breed, clip nails regularly, and provide dental hygiene. They are prone to such health issues as PRA, cataracts, and hip dysplasia.
The coat of the Entlebucher Mountain Dog is glossy, hard, thick, and short. This breed is an average shedder.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog's are stubborn, strong-willed, and requires constant training with a skilled owner. Early socialization and obedience training are an absolute must. The Entlebucher is intelligent and eager to please. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, and consistency.
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is not recommended for apartment living or sedentary owners. This breed requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Entlebucher Mountain Dog's enjoy such family activities as jogging, walking, and frisbee. They do best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting with a job to do.
3. Cesky terrier
· The Cesky is a unique soft coated terrier dog that is trimmed with clippers, not hand stripped.
· The Cesky has terrier traits and like other terriers they were bred to hunt above and below the ground by tracking and digging. They have hunting instincts and a deep, loud bark.
· The Cesky is very intelligent and this is sometimes confused as being stubborn.
· The Cesky has a lot of energy and needs to have daily exercise and some type of interaction with his owner. They especially love a game of 'toss the tennis ball'.
· The Cesky is a strong, well muscled dog and does well with an owner who understands that he/she needs to be the alpha in the family pack.
The Cesky was bred to hunt in packs with other Cesky Terriers. They may react as a hunter towards small animals and birds.
· The Cesky is very food oriented. This is good for training, but you must not leave food unguarded, as they will find a way to get it. Your Cesky will eat too much if his food is not carefully measured, and become overweight and suffer the health problems that come with obesity.
· The Cesky is loyal to his/her family and wants to be included in your daily activities. They are not a kennel dog and do not do well left alone. Keeping your Cesky active both inside and outside your home will make a happy dog.
· The Cesky is reserved towards strangers so it is important that new owners take their Cesky to dog training classes to socialize their dog. It is also a great bonding experience for the entire family and is a way for you to earn the respect of your Cesky. The Cesky loves fun activities. A beginner Agility Class is recommended as a positive training activity.
The Cesky is not a lap dog and even though he loves to be with his family, he was not bred to sit happily all day in someone’s lap. They love to play.
The Cesky is not for a family that does not have time to spend with their dog . They crave attention and are not to be kennel or backyard dogs. Their desire is to be with their family. A Cesky owner must make time to exercise their dog daily. The Cesky is a sensitive breed and has to be trained in ONLY a positive manner for positive results.
The Cesky is not for someone who is not willing to groom a dog. The Cesky is a “coated” breed and as puppies will need daily grooming. As an adult their adult coat needs to be brushed at least twice a week. You must be committed to pay for or learn to clipper cut your Cesky yourself. The Cesky haircut is quite unique and your dog will need to be trimmed every 3 to 5 weeks. This is a lifetime commitment!
The Cesky is not a dog to be left alone with ANY toy or bone. They have very strong jaws and will destroy all toys. You must supervise their play with toys.
The Cesky is not a dog for you if you are looking for a quiet, small, low-energy dog.
The Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed does indeed come from Finland and surrounding areas. This medium-sized spitz type breed is a hardy yet easy-going dog which has been traditionally used in a herding capacity for reindeer. Strangely it is far more popular outside of its native country. This is an intelligent and active breed and are friendly and alert. There are excellent outdoor companions in virtually any weather or climate type. Check out Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive Dog Breed Listings to locate an Finnish Lapphund Breeder close to you.
Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Temperament:The Finnish Lapphund or “Lappie” has a very high level of intelligence, which allows them to excel greatly at obedience and any manner of training. Combine their training acumen with their agility and you have a breed of dogs that is made for winning contests of all kinds. Due to their herding history, they have a distinct bark which they use on a regular basis, this was originally to make them stand out from wolves in the region. So, they will naturally bark as they are highly alert; a certain amount of noise should be expected. Problem barking can fairly easily be removed with proper training and interaction. Finnish Lapphunds have a natural empathy that makes them perfect for families with elederly members, people with disabilities and children. They are sensitive, gentle and responsive. This is an excellent family dog breed. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive dog breed directory has cute Finnish Lapphund puppies for sale.
Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Appearance:The Finnish Lapphund Dog is medium in size and is slightly longer than it is high. They feature a strong double coat; the topcoat is coarse and the undercoat is short and fluffy. They stand approximately 16-20 inches tall at the withers and weigh anywhere from just above 30 to slighly over 50 pounds. Their neck resembles a lion’s mane due to to its denseness, which suprisingly requires little maitenance. The come in a large array of color variations: red, brown, sable, white, black and wolf-sable all make themselves known, with one color predominating. Black and tans are fairly common. Another breed trait is the presence of spectacles, which come in the form of a lighter ring of color around the eyes.
Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Origins & History:
The breed is reindeer herder that comes from the Sami peoples. The Sami peoples are indigenous residents of mostly Scandanavian countries, including Finland, Sweden and Norway and also parts of Russia. They are northern cold-weather people and their dogs are built to withstand this kind of weather as well. The Norwegians and Swedes wanted to first standardize the breed jsut before World war II; the breed was under serious threat of extinction due to widespread distemper outbreaks. Finland set the first breed standards in 1945. History suggest that the breed at this time was a cross between regional reindeer dogs and the Karelian Bear Dog. The breed was refined in the 1960s also under the Finnish Kennel Club. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive dog breed directory has gorgeous
Finnish Lapphund Dog BreedThe Finnish Lapphund dog breed was imported into Denmark in the early 1980s. It became hugely popular due to its variety and wonderful temperament and remains popular in the country. In the late 1980′s the breed made it’s way to America which was no small feat. The numbers of the breed slowly grew and gained accrediation with various groups and clubs, until finally becoming part of the AKC Miscellaneous group in July of 2009. The Breed followed similar paths to the U.K. and Canada, gaining full recognition in the 2000s.
Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Mortality:
A very healthy and long-lived breed, the Finnish Lapphund has a typical lifepsan of 12-14 years, with ages of 16-17 not being uncommon. They have some hereditary eye issues in the form of cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (GRPA). The affected rate of Lappies by GRPA is 2-3% and cataracts are at roughly 3 1/2%, this is normally for the pure Finnish members of the breed; numbers in the UK and US are even smaller. Hip dysplasia is possible, but cases are very rare. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s comprehensive Dog Breed Directory to locate a Certified Finnish Lapphund Breeders.
Finnish Lapphund Dog Breed Overview:The Finnish Lapphund, is a very intelligent and sporting medium-sized dog breed who will be at home either on a farm or traditional household. They are perfectly suited for cold-weather climates and plenty of outdoor action, so they can go with you wherever you are. They are strong, hardy and have a good lifespan which relatively small chances of any hereditary conditions. Visit Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive Dog Breed Directory to uncover Finnish Lapphund Breeders within your town.-
- Also referred to as the Mexican Hairless, the Xoloitzcuintli is one of the rarest and oldest breeds in the world. Dating back over 3,000 years, the Xoloitzcuintli were highly prized for their healing and magical powers. Aztec Indians found this breed useful as bed warmers, and were considered sacred. Once in danger of extinction, this breed was revived and today makes a cherished companion
- The Xoloitzcuintli comes in two varieties: Hairless and Coated. The Hairless only possesses a short tuft of hair on the head and tail. The skin is smooth, soft, and sufficiently hardy to withstand the elements. The Coated variety has a full coat of hair that is short, sleek, and glossy. The Xoloitzcuintli breed is non-shedding and odorless.
- The most distinctive feature of the Xoloitzcuintli breed is the upright, large bat-like ears which provide acutely keen hearing. A primitive breed, the Xoloitzcuintli is hardy, well-built, extremely agile, and elegant.
- The Xoloitzcuintli breed is affectionate, loving, intelligent, and devoted. They are highly protective of their family, home, and territory. This breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The Xoloitzcuintli typically do not bark. Instead, they emit a howl to alert their family to danger. They do best in a home with older considerate children and dogs they have been raised with. They may be aggressive toward dogs they do not know. The Xoloitzcuintli is a sensitive and emotional breed that demands an inordinate amount of attention. They will become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time, and are prone todigestive problems and neurotic behavior if they become stressed.
- Xoloitzcuintli’s are not suited for cold climates, and requires a sweater in cooler temperatures. The health of the skin is extremely important. Only bathe this breed when absolutely necessary, as over bathing can harm the skin. While it is also important to use lotion and sunscreen on the Hairless variety, caution must be exercised. Too much lotion or sunscreen results in clogged pores and acne. The Coated variety of this breed requires very minimal brushing. The Xoloitzcuintli is prone to such health issues as early tooth loss, allergies to food, skin infection, and drug sensitivity.
- Early and intense socialization is an absolute must. The Xoloitzcuintli breed is quick to learn but requires a dominant handler. It is imperative that training be done with respect, love, firmness, fairness, and consistency. The Xoloitzcuintli excels in agility, obedience, and as service and therapy dogs.
- Xoloitzcuintli’s are well suited for apartment living. They are relatively inactive and enjoy going for securely leashed walks, sunbathing in a securely fenced yard, and spending time with their family. It is important that during any outdoor activity this breed is appropriately covered for the climate.
6. the Norwegian Lundehund
Other names Norsk Lundehund
Norwegian Puffin Dog
Breed Group: Not Akc Recognized
Weight: Male: 15.5; Female: 13.5 lbs
Height: Male: 13-15; Female: 12-14 inches
Color(s): White, reddish brown, gray, black, yellow, sable and white.
Life expectancy 12-14 years
Litter size 2-3
Norwegian Lundehund History
That Norwegian Lundehund carries a long history. It absolutely was believed that this specific dog has descended in the Ur hund, that breed of canines that survived that 3rd Ice Era. These dogs which inhabit the Lofoten Islands could actually survive as these kinds of islands were ice-free in the 3rd Ice Era. Both the Lundenhund and also the fossilized dog (Varanger dog) within the Lapland, Russia has one particular less tooth to the either side in the jaw. These dogs own hunted puffins since far back as 1600 to the rocky crevices regarding steep cliffs which dotted the shorelines in the Veroy, Vaerog in addition to Rost islands regarding northern Norway. Interest for any breed declined when new options for hunting puffins were invented plus a dog tax appeared to be created. Around 1900, we were holding only found from the isolated village regarding Mostad, Lofoten. The breed appeared to be nearly extinct all-around World War II whenever canine distemper struck very and also the surrounding islands. Within 1963, the society was further decimated through distemper again. This time around, only 6 canines survived, creating any population bottleneck. Thanks to careful breeding by using strict guidelines, these day there are an estimated 1500-2000 dogs on the earth, with around 1100 in the population in Norwegian and ~350 in the nation.
Norwegian Lundehund Description
The Norwegian Lundehund is definitely unusual breed. It offers six toes on every foot, four in entry and two in a back corner, all of them jointed in addition to muscled. It has a great range in its forelegs, incredibly similar human elbows, allowing it to contort them to suit into small spaces. There are joints in the neck that allows 180-degree rotation (the mind can lay back contrary to the spine). The ears are pricked and may be folded either onward or backward. The mind is small and wedge-shaped, that brown eyes are deep-set. That legs are strong, the hindquarters well muscled for agility instead of speed. The tail might be either pendant or carried slightly rolled in the back. Doublecoated, the topcoat lies flat contrary to the body. Colors vary through reddish-brown to black, almost all with white markings, in addition to or white with bluish markings.
Norwegian Lundehund Temperament
Norwegian Lundehunds are helpful and love people. It isn't aggressive and will curl up with people or additional dogs for hours. They adore to play and will delight in long sessions of the idea. Curious, they are prepared to explore the world. This breed is intelligent and may be trained for agility. Because the Norwegian Lundehunds very exclusive characteristics, it makes an excellent hunter. Its six feet on each foot, which includes two dewclaws, allow your dog to climb steep locations, the extra joints from the nape of the neck of the guitar, allow the dog to be able to turn its head in the 180-degree angle, it has extremely accommodating shoulder joints and it has the ears have mobility which other dogs wouldn't have. Consistent crate training is actually mandatory. A doggy door may need to be used. The Norwegian Lundehund is somewhat primitive and may be extremely difficult to be able to housebreak. Some owners state they never do obtain their Norwegian Norwegian Lundehunds housebroken. One of the keys is thinking two steps before a puppy who should pee. From having several puppies in my residence, I know that offering a puppy the run in the house is just trying for disaster. If you're not necessarily watching him, he's within his crate or outdoor. Crate training works well using this type of primitive breed, because they still have got a strong den instinct.
Norwegian Lundehund Care
This breed is not hard to groom because there are a short easy to be able to care coat. Bathing is the answer once or twice per year. The dog should be brushed regularly utilizing a firm bristle brush. Lundehunds tend to be heavy shedders. The dog needs to be brushed regularly to remove dead hair in order to accelerate the shedding method.
Apart from the total booster shots these dogs might need to be taken to any veterinary facility every half a year for fecal and protein levels tests. This is to eliminate the occurrence of that Lundehund syndrome.
Norwegian Lundehund Grooming
The Lundehund sheds greatly, so comb and brush fairly often with a firm bristle wash. Do not bathe with the exception when necessary - dry shampoo is better at those times.
Norwegian Lundehund Training
The Norwegian Lundehund is actually stubborn, willful, manipulative, in addition to obstinate. Early socialization in addition to basic obedience is advised. This breed is highly difficult to housebreak. The crate training method is immensely important, although some Lundehunds may perhaps never be completely housebroken. Training needs to be done with firmness, justness, and consistency.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the oldest American sporting competition next to the Kentucky Derby.