The Westminster Kennel Club dog show — the dog show of all American dog shows — starts Monday. About 2,800 dogs from 190 breeds will be competing, and by late Tuesday night, a new pooch will be crowned “Best in Show.”
Every year, the show welcomes new breeds to the ring, and this time, three breeds will be first-timers at Westminster. One is the Pumi, the floofy pooch pictured above. It’s a Hungarian herding dog that’s related to the mop-like puli (one of which is said to be the big favorite for the top prize). At a news conference last week, the owner of the pictured Pumi told the Associated Press that Pumi parents are so used to hearing their dogs called “cute” that they’ve made an acronym out of C-U-T-E.
“We say they’re ‘curious,’ ‘unique,’ ‘tenacious’ and ‘energetic,’” Nancy Nelson said.
Another new entry will be the American hairless terrier, which, as its name implies, is not a furry sort — in fact, the dogs need sunscreen or a coat when they go outside, according to the American Kennel Club.