It is quite an exciting time of year for dog breeders and handlers. Congratulations to Sadie! Sadie, a Scottish Terrier was awarded Best in Show at the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening. As for Sadie, she’s the eighth Scottie to win at Westminster. Sadie will undoubtedly now enter into a busy media schedule full of appearances, pawtographs, and interviews.
It is also interesting to note that three new dog breeds were introduced at Westminster this year. Below is an overview of the breeds according to the official Westminster web site.
New addition to the Herding Group -NORWEGIAN BUHUND
“Once the cherished companion of Vikings, the Norwegian Buhund is a versatile farm dog from Norway that herds livestock, guards property, and has been used for hunting game. The name means farm-dog –“Bu” in Norwegian means homestead or farm and “hund” means dog. The Buhund is a double-coated, squarely-built spitz, a little under medium size, with mobile prick ears, a tightly-curled tail carried over the center of its back, and dark, almond-shaped eyes with an intelligent, friendly expression. This working breed has a lot of energy, strength, and stamina, but is also known to be independent,” according to the Westminster Kennel Club (www.buhund.org)
New addition to the Sporting Group – The Irish Red and White Setter
The Westminster Kennel Club claims, “Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat’s base color is white with solid red patches. Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is thought to be the older of the two Irish Setters. However, it was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the Irish Red and White Setter and by the 1940s, the breed began to reemerge in Ireland.” (www.irwsa.com)
The PYRENEAN SHEPHERD joins the Herding Group
This new addition according to the Westminster Kennel Club is, “The Pyrenean Shepherd which is also known by its French name, Berger des Pyrénées, but fanciers of the breed in America often shorten his name to “pyr shep.” Herding has been and remains the mainstay of the economy of the High Pyrenees, and the Pyrenean Shepherd is the traditional working companion of the larger dog, the Great Pyrenees. Together they aid the shepherd in his everyday workings with his herd of sheep or other livestock. Outside his homeland of France the breed is rare, but in France his popularity as a wonderfully devoted family companion has grown considerably since the early 1970s. Although small in stature and weight, it is said, “pound for pound, he has few equals in both herding or guarding.” (www.pyrshep.com)
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