Six new American Kennel Club-sanctioned breeds will be making their Kennel Club of Philadelphia debut this November as part of the club’s annual cluster of dog shows.
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s shows are on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
As part of the cluster, the six new breeds will be introduced to the American public during “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” which is taped on Saturday, November 20 and aired as a two-hour NBC special immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A total audience of some 20 million viewers is expected to watch the broadcast.
The new breeds will be among over 160 American Kennel Club (AKC) – sanctioned breeds as some 2,000 dogs compete for the prestigious title of “Best in Show.”
The new breeds making their national TV debut include the following (See attached fact sheet for more):
- Boykin Spaniel is a member of the Sporting Group. This breed is generally known as the official state dog of South Carolina and is bred primarily for hunting.
- Leonberger, a member of the Working Group, gets its name from its original hometown Leonberg, Germany. The Leonberger is a larger, multi-purpose dog; great with children and elderly people, making it a great therapy dog.
- Cane Corso, is part of the Working Group. This breed is a native of Italy, primarily a watchdog and a hunter of more difficult game. Its protective instinct makes this breed very loyal to its owner.
- The Icelandic Sheepdog, is part of the Herding Group. The Icelandic Sheepdog is one of the oldest breeds in the world, dating back to 800AD.
- The Bluetick Coonhound, is a member of the Hound Group. This breed is known for its dark blue and mottled-pattern coat.
- Redbone Coonhound, is a member of the Hound Group. This breed is well-known for its red coat. This breed is easily trained and versatile, making it a great hunting dog.