Westminster Dog Show: Meet the new breeds – on Petfinder!

When the Westminster Dog Show opened in New York City yesterday, six “new” breeds made their competition debut.

The breeds may be new to the Westminster Kennel Club, but they’re not new to Petfinder! Of the six — Bluetick Coonhound, Boykin Spaniel, Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog, Leonberger and Redbone Coonhound — all but the Icelandic Sheepdog can be found in shelters or rescue groups on Petfinder.

Below, meet the adoptable relatives of the pampered pooches competing today at Madison Square Garden.


Jed is with Maryland Pet Match Rescue in Towson.

Bluetick Coonhound
397 available for adoption on Petfinder
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Bluetick Coonhounds were traditionally bred to track and tree small game such as raccoons. The bluetick in the dogs’ name refers to their distinctive “blue” coat and pattern of small spots known as ticking.


Chelsea is at Carolina Poodle Rescue in Spartanburg, SC.

Boykin Spaniel
10 available for adoption on Petfinder
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Boykin Spaniels are small retrievers nicknamed “the little dog that doesn’t rock the boat.” They’re also the official state dog of South Carolina.


Skye is with Texas Cane Corso Rescue in Austin.

Cane Corso
163 available for adoption on Petfinder
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The Cane Corso, an Italian breed, historically guarded livestock on farms. The breed was nearly extinct by the early 1970s, but its population recovered and the dogs were introduced in the U.S. in 1988.


Jack is at the Ottawa Humane Society in Ontario.


19 available for adoption on Petfinder
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A German breed, Leonbergers, nicknamed Leos, originated in Germany during the 1800s. They have webbed feet and can grow to 170 lbs.


Pixie is at Hound Haven Hope Rescue in Oakland, CA.

Redbone Coonhound
345 available for adoption on Petfinder
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A hunting dog, the Redbone
Coonhound dates back to the pre-Civil War era. The dogs are known for their solid red coats.

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