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Westminster New Dog Breeds: Hairless Terrier, Pumi, Sloughi

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A pumi. (Screengrab of YouTube post)

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 12:47 PM

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog will introduce three new breeds at next month's show at Madison Square Garden in New York City – the American hairless terrier, the pumi, and the sloughi.

The breeds, which were introduced at an event last week, will compete at the 141st annual dog show Feb. 13-14 after they were granted the American Kennel Club breed full recognition, according to amNew York.

People magazine said the new breeds boost the official Westminster eligible breed count to more than 190.

According to the AKC website, the American hairless terrier will compete in the terrier group during next month's competition.

"This small-to-medium size terrier is active, intelligent, and friendly," said the club. "Despite its name, the breed also comes in a coated variety, although the coated dog still carries the hairless gene. These dogs have a natural drive to excel, making them great partners in dog sports such as agility or obedience."

The pumi is from Hungary and will compete in the herding group.

"Defined as energetic, lively, and ready to work, the pumi is perfect for a family willing to provide it with lots of exercise and mental activity," said the club. "With a whimsical expression and corkscrew curls, this medium-size dog has a strong working drive and was historically used to herd."

The sloughi is from north Africa and will compete in the hound group.

"This robust, yet elegant sighthound is medium sized and is treasured for its hunting skills," said the club. "The breed is known to be calm and somewhat reserved, but must have daily exercise on leash or in a fenced area because of its superior prey drive."

International Business Times' Jason Le Miere said that while the breeds will make their debut at the Westminster Kennel Dog Show, they are known among dog lovers.

"The American hairless terrier, which derives from the rat terrier breed, was developed in the U.S. at the start of the 1970s," said Le Miere. "The other newcomers date back even further."

"The sloughi is an ancient breed of sighthound originating in northern Africa and known for its speed and hunting skills. Meanwhile, the pumi is a herding breed originating in Hungary. It was developed as a result of careful selection by shepherds looking for a dog that could successfully herd cattle and sheep on their farms."

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