- Two new dog breeds will make their debut at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show next month.
- For the first time, the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon Vendéen will be in the running for best in show.
- The Nederlandse kooikerhondje originated in the Netherlands and will be competing in the sporting group, and the grand basset griffon Vendéen originated in France and will be competing in the hound group.
When the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show premieres next month, you can expect two new sets of paws. Two dog breeds – the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon Vendéen – will be competing in the show for the first time.
The Nederlandse kooikerhondje (pronounced NAY-dehr-lahn-seh KOY-kehr-hahnd-jeh) originates in the Netherlands and is “a true sporting dog being keen, swift, tough, attentive and energetic,” according to the American Kennel Club. The sprightly breed will compete in the sporting group at Westminster.
The grand basset griffon Vendéen comes from France and is instantly recognizable from its shaggy, low-eared appearance. The Vendéen was originally a duck-hunting breed, and it is now known (and loved) for its gentle, goofy attitude. It likes to sniff around, making it a worthy competitor in the hound group.
According to The Associated Press, the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club dog show will showcase about 3,200 dogs. The winner will take it all on February 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and you can catch the show on Fox Sports 1.
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