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6 New Breeds Competing In 2012 Westminster Dog Show

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Six new breeds will be competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next month. A total of 2,000 dogs, representing 185 breeds will fight for the title of Best in Show beginning on February 13th.

The new breeds include Mexico's hairless Xoloitzcuintli, the Finnish Lapphund, the Norwegian Lundehund, the Cesky Terrier, the American English Coonhound and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog.

"We will have at least two dogs in every breed, including the new ones," explained David Frei, the Westminster Kennel Club's director of communications. "New breed is a little bit of a misnomer because a lot of these breeds have been around for hundreds, or even thousands of years in some of the cases."

In the past 23 years of the show's 136-year history, more than 40 new breeds have been added to the competition -- however their chances of winning the top prize are slim.

"The shortest time between a breed competing at Westminster and winning best of show is 27 years," said Frei. "That was the Bichon Frise. It had its first year in 1974 and won best in show in 2001."

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