Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center, November 19-20
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows including The National Dog Show presented by Purina® will introduce six new breeds at their annual fall cluster of Shows November 19th and 20th at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center in Oaks, PA.
The six will be among over 160 American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned breeds on hand as almost 2,000 dogs compete for the prestigious title of “Best in Breed,” “Best of Group” and Best In Show.” The new breeds making their competition debut include the following:
Entlebucher Mountain Dog – These highly-energetic herding dogs are easy to train and possess an excellent work ethic. A native of Switzerland, the Entle is medium-sized, strongly muscled and generally tricolor, but can be black with tan markings.
Norwegian Lundehund is nicknamed the “Puffin Dog”, because it was originally used to hunt puffin- a kind of penguin. This loyal and playful dog makes an ideal, easy-to-live-with companion. It is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) is one of the world’s oldest breeds and is said to be the first canine of the Americas. Central American and Mexican lore is that the Xolo is able to ward off evil spirits and intruders. The breed comes in three sizes- toy, miniature, and standard – and makes an excellent companion. The Xolo is a member of theNon-Sporting Group.
American English Coonhound is a descendant of the English Foxhound. Bred to adapt to rougher terrain, this member of the Hound Group was typically used for fox and raccoon hunting. Renowned for his speed and endurance, the breed requires regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape. These Coonhounds are pleasant and sociable with both humans and dogs.
Cesky Terrier is one of the Czech Republic’s national breeds. A less excitable breed of terrier, the Cesky was developed to be worked in packs and has traditionally been used in small game hunting. Sporting a silky charcoal coat, the Cesky requires moderate grooming. These active terriers require constant exercise and socialization.
Finnish Lapphund is native to the Arctic Circle and was originally used for reindeer herding. The Lappie has a sweet, expressive face which is constantly likened to that of a teddy bear. Its double coat makes it intolerant of heat. This friendly, sociable breed makes an excellent companion. The Lapphund is a member of the Herding Group.
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows run November 19 & 20 and include the taping for the broadcast of The National Dog Show presented by Purina® on NBC Thanksgiving Day to over 18 million viewers. Plan to bring the children! Get up close to the breeds and speak with their handlers. See Diving Dogs and Go Dog performances each day plus the MetroKids® Family Fun Zone showcases fun festivities that will make the weekend one to remember. Watch the Shows in person at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks, located just off the Oaks exit of Route 22, 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia and just five miles from King of Prussia and Valley Forge. There’s plenty of free parking.
Tickets can be purchased online at nationaldogshow.com. Save some cash and experience all of the fur-raising fun twice with the two-day adult pass, which shaves $8 off regular two- day admissions. A one-day child ticket costs only $7, half of a one-day adult ticket. Plus, children 3 and under are admitted free.
This year, add 2,000 new best friends to your circle at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dogs Shows! Visit nationaldogshow.com for more details. Follow the Show for the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter!
Note: New Breed descriptions sourced from AKC.org