The National Dog Show Presented by Purina will introduce a total of six new breeds to the American public in 2011 as part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual cluster this November.
The six new additions will make their major event debut on the 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 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 Show.
The new breeds making their major event TV debut include the following :
- Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a herding and general all-purpose dog. These highly-energetic dogs are easy to train and possess an excellent work ethic. The Entle is native of Switzerland and the smallest of the four tri-colored Swiss Mountain Dogs. It is medium-sized, compact and strongly muscled. The dog is generally tricolor but can be black with tan markings. The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is a member of the Herding Group.
- Norwegian Lundehund is nicknamed the â€œPuffin Dogâ€, 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. Itâ€™s dense coat ranges from fallow to reddish brown to tan in color. Their excellent disposition and personality makes this dog a great pet. The Norwegian Lundehund is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
- Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) The Xolo, is one of the worldâ€™s oldest breeds and is said to be the first canine of the Americaâ€™s. Tradition in Central America and Mexico holds that the breed is able to ward off evil spirits and intruders. The breed comes in three sizes- toy, miniature, and standard- and makes an excellent companion dog with moderate exercise and grooming needs. The Xolo is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
- American English Coonhound is a descendant of the English Foxhound. Bred to adapt to rougher terrain, the American English Coonhound 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. The Coonhound is a member of the Hound Group.
- Cesky Terrier is one of the Czech Republicâ€™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 continued socialization throughout their lives. The Cesky is a member of the Terrier Group.
- Finnish Lapphund is a native of 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 which makes it intolerant of heat, is typically black, brown, and tan- among other color and marking combinations. This friendly, sociable breed makes an excellent companion. The Lapphund is a member of the Herding Group.
The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows, November 19 and 20, hosting the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks Pennsylvania. Information is available at www.nationaldogshow.com