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New Westminster Dog Show breeds: Rat terrier, Podengo Pequeno, Chinook

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The Rat Terrier, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Chinook will be seen at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club next month. According to the "Today" show on Wednesday, the new dog breeds will battle for Best in Show. The process of being accepted into the club is time consuming and only a few new breeds are acknowledged from year to year.

The time honored tradition of the 138th Westminster Kennel Club offers dog lovers around the country a chance to see some of the most beautiful dogs in the world and it all takes place Feb. 10-11 in New York City. The crush of great dogs ends with the top dog being crowned as the best of the show (and the owner smiling widely at the accomplishment.)

Requirements for the adding a breed includes having the dogs living around the world, a decent size population of the breed in America and a club that sponsors the breed (sometimes called a parent club.) Even then there are no guarantees as the Westminster Kennel Club is particular in what dog breeds they choose to allow.

While the Rat Terrier, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and the Chinook are very different, but the dogs don’t mind as long as they can sniff and enjoy the show. Adding the three new breeds to the show makes a total 190 breeds vying for the top spot.

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