Westminster Dog Show: Meet the new breeds (on Petfinder)!

Today the Westminster Dog Show opens and six “new” dog breeds will be competing for the first time.

These breeds — American English Coonhound, Cesky Terrier, Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Finnish Lapphund, Norwegian Lundehund and Xoloitzcuintle (a.k.a. Mexican Hairless) — are old friends of Petfinder, and with the exception of the Cesky Terrier, all of them are available for adoption today. Meet them here!

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Meet Marshall at Willingboro, NJ’s Burlington County Animal Alliance.

English Coonhound
See adoptable English Coonhounds

American English Coonhounds were originally bred to hunt foxes during the day and raccoons at night. If you’re considering adopting one, keep in mind that these athletes need regular exercise and activity!

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Dewey, who is 5, is adoptable at Peterborough, ON’s LOYAL Rescue.

Entlebucher Mountain Dog
See Entlebucher Mountain Dogs for adoption

This Swiss breed, related to the Bernese Mountain Dog and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, traditionally herded cows in the Alps. Entlebuchers are smart and energetic and need lots of exercise — and, ideally, a job!

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Holly is a Finnish Lapphund mix at LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta.

Finnish Lapphund
See adoptable Finnish Lapphunds

These medium-sized dogs originated in the frigid Lapland region, where they herded reindeer. Thanks to their thick double coat, they shed seasonally and don’t tolerate heat well.

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Cowboy is at Springfield, OH’s Howelling Kennels Corgi Rescue.

Norwegian Lundehund
See adoptable Norwegian Lundehunds

This rare Spitz breed was first bred to hunt Puffins from steep cliffs. Its unique features include feet with six toes, ears that can fold forward and backward at will and an extremely flexible neck.

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Patches is a Xolo mix in Campbell, OH, with Safe At Last Dog Rescue.

Xoloitzcuintle
See adoptable Xoloitzcuintles

The Xoloitzcuintle (sometimes spelled Xoloitzcuintli and pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) can be traced back to the Aztecs. In Mexico, Xolos are thought to heal minor ailments such as toothaches and insomnia.

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Petfinder’s Dog Breed Guide


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