Dog handlers on Tuesday showed off four new breeds that will compete in this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The breeds are Barbet, Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois and Dogo Argentino. (June 8)
GAIL MILLER BISHER: So this is the first time in 145 years that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been held outside of Manhattan. So it is historical. But if you have to go outside, which we did have to do to the pandemic, this is the place to go. Lyndhurst Estate has hosted dog shows for 30 years.
So new for 2021 we have four breeds that are joining four different groups. We have the Dogo Argentino, which is all white, athletic, powerful, working dog. And then we have the Beaver Terrier, which is a little bit of a misnomer because it's in the toy group. But it's a long coated dog that's similar in outline to a Yorkshire Terrier, but it is a totally different breed. Beautiful coat. Oftentimes they have a lot of white and then the really dark mahogany markings, which is just striking.
Then there's also the Belgian Laekenois, which is joining the herding group. They have a very coarse, tussled look to them. And that's based on where they originally were bred to herd sheep and other livestock. And then of course, the last one is the Barbet, which is a very old, water retrieving breed that is from France. And has a curly coat and is known for its beard, barb in barbet means beard. And so that is one of the features of the breed.