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Westminster dog show adds three new breeds, mixed breed event

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:22 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Three new breeds, Chinooks, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos and Rat Terriers, will be vying to be top dog at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club in New York in February, organisers said on Thursday.

The two-day show on Feb 10 and 11 at Madison Square Garden and Piers 92 and 94 will open with a separate agility competition in which mixed-breed dogs will be allowed to compete for the first time in more than 100 years.

About 2,845 dogs, the most in more than two decades, will be featured in the show, the second longest continuously held sporting event in the United States (US) after the Kentucky Derby.

"They all have interesting histories. It's fun to see the new breeds, hearing what they were bred to do and trying to envision them doing that," said Mr David Frei, a co-host of the show.

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