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Westminster dog show gets new breeds and viewer interaction on TV

‘A lot of people at home,’ says David Frei, ‘probably think the dogs at Westminster spend their time lounging on satin pillows and eating doggie bon bons.’

But the approximately 2,500 purebred dogs that will be competing in the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club show tomorrow and Tuesday at Madison Square Garden harbor a secret, says Frei.

They really aren’t much different from the 10 or 20 dogs the average New Yorker passes every day on the street and in the neighborhood.

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New dogs hope to learn old tricks at Westminster

NEW YORK — Kaffi looked as if he needed a coffee break. Rolling on his back, paws in the air, eyes getting heavy, he was dog tired.

‘It’s been a long day,’ owner JoAnn Secondino said a few days ago after arriving in town.

And the Westminster Kennel Club show hadn’t even begun for this Icelandic sheepdog, one of six new breeds this year at America’s top pooch pageant.

In all, nearly 2,600 dogs will compete in 179 breeds and varieties. They’ll come from 49 states — North Dakota is absent — and from several countries, including Thailand, Brazil, Slovenia and Australia.

Judging starts Monday in the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups.

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