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Four dog breeds are newly eligible to participate in this year’s Westminster Dog Show. They are (from left to right) a Barbet, a Biewer terrier, a Belgian Laekenois and a Dogo Argentino.

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Four dog breeds are newly eligible to participate in this year’s Westminster Dog Show. They are (from left to right) a Barbet, a Biewer terrier, a Belgian Laekenois and a Dogo Argentino.

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The Westminster Kennel Club’s 145th Annual Dog Show takes place this weekend, and there’s a lot to say.

For the first time, due to the pandemic, the show moved 28 miles from inside Madison Square Garden in Manhattan to the exterior, on the grounds of the 67-acre Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY.

Spectators and vendors will not be allowed into the event in accordance with state COVID-19 regulations. you will be able watch it or broadcast it on Renard. But rest assured, the show is not in the niche for good: the competition has already planned a return to its usual location in New York in 2022.

This year’s show will feature 2,500 dogs from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as 10 additional countries. Two hundred and nine breeds and varieties will compete, including four newly eligible breeds: the Barbet, the Biewer terrier, the Belgian Laekenois and the Dogo Argentino.

Everyone will be able to compete and make history at the Best in Show competition, which will be held on Sunday. Here we will catch up with you with the old winners and meet the new competing races. so what are we waiting for? Let’s meet some dogs.

These new breeds are eligible this year

Now recognized by the American Kennel Club, four breeds are eligible to participate in the Westminster Dog Show. Competing for their first chance in history to appear on the green carpet:

A barbet is featured at a press conference ahead of the Westminster Kennel Club’s 145th Annual Dog Show. Barbets are French water dogs whose name comes from the French word “barbe”, which means “beard”.

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A barbet is featured at a press conference ahead of the Westminster Kennel Club’s 145th Annual Dog Show. Barbets are French water dogs whose name comes from the French word “barbe”, which means “beard”.

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The Barbet: French water dog, the American Kennel Club describes the Barbet like “a Muppet comes to life”. They are medium in size and fully covered with a dense, long, curly coat. The breed will be classified in the Sporting Group. Six barbets will compete this weekend.

The American Kennel Club describes Biewer Terriers as cheerful dogs with energetic personalities.

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The American Kennel Club describes Biewer Terriers as cheerful dogs with energetic personalities.

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Biewer’s terrier: Pronounced as “beaver”, the Biewer Terrier is a long-haired, tricolor toy breed that will join the Toy Group. These dogs are small but full of energy, and 10 will be competing this weekend.

A Laekenois is the rarest of the four dogs native to Belgium.

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A Laekenois is the rarest of the four dogs native to Belgium.

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The Belgian Laekenois: This dog is the rarest of the four native Belgian breeds (which also include the Malinois, the Shepherd and the Tervuren) and will join the Herding Group. The Laekenois is protective and has a rough red, brown or gray coat. Six will face off this weekend.

Dogo Argentinos are easily identified by their distinctive all-white coats.

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Dogo Argentinos are easily identified by their distinctive all-white coats.

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The Argentine Mastiff: A hunting dog in a pack, the Dogo Argentino has a short, completely white coat. Intelligent and powerful, 14 Dogo Argentinos will compete in the Working Group.

Here are the recent Best In Show winners

As we gear up for the next big dog to bear the laurels of Westminster, let’s check in with past winners over the past five years:

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is this weekend. Here, last year’s winner, the Standard Poodle Siba, competes.

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is this weekend. Here, last year’s winner, the Standard Poodle Siba, competes.

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2020: Siba

Siba, a Standard Poodle, became the first of his breed in nearly three decades and the fifth Standard Poodle to win the Westminster Best in Show last year. The competition was heated when Siba edged out Daniel, a fan-favorite golden retriever who fans hoped would become the first of his breed to win the award.

King, a fox terrier, poses for photos after winning the Best in Show award at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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King, a fox terrier, poses for photos after winning the Best in Show award at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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2019: King

With royalty already in its name, the King Fox Terrier received the Best in Show crown two years ago. He had been selected from an original peloton of 2,800 dogs as the dogs made their way through the three days of the show until the final competition.

Flynn, a Bichon Frize, won the Best in Show contest in 2018. Here, Flynn is competing.

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Flynn, a Bichon Frize, won the Best in Show contest in 2018. Here, Flynn is competing.

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2018: Flynn

Flynn, a Bichon Frize, shocked viewers when he was named Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Dog Show. The White Fluff Ball had previously won Best of Breed for Non-Sporting Dogs before winning the Purple Ribbon.

Rumored German Shepherd poses for photos after winning the Best in Show award at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Rumored German Shepherd poses for photos after winning the Best in Show award at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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2017: Rumor

German Shepherd Rumor (named after Adele’s hit song “Rumor Has It”) was named Westminster Champion in 2017. The second of his breed to win the top prize, Rumor had actually nearly retired for a year previously, when she narrowly lost the competition.

Shorthaired German Pointer Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and CJ pose for photographers after CJ won the Best in Show award at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Shorthaired German Pointer Valerie Nunes-Atkinson and CJ pose for photographers after CJ won the Best in Show award at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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2016: JC

CJ, a 3 year old German Pointing Dog, won the 140th Westminster Show. Owner Valerie Nunes-Atkinson said she knew CJ had “that extra something” since he was a puppy. CJ won against over 2,700 entries on the 2016 show.

In a show like no other this 145th year, may the best puppy win. But of course we all know the best dog of all is your dog.

Josie Fischels is an intern at the News Desk at NPR.


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