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2 new breeds make their National Dog Show debut

The additions brings the number of breeds at the 2012 competition to 187.

By Vetstreet Nov 21, 2012 4:04PM

By Shayna Meliker

As you watch the National Dog Show this Thursday, keep an eye out for two fresh faces making their competition debuts this year.

The addition of the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound brings the number of breeds at the 2012 competition to 187. Fun fact: That's 28 more breeds than there were when the first National Dog Show aired on NBC a decade ago.

The Russell Terrier

The small and confident Russell Terrier excels at vermin hunting, much like many of her terrier relatives. You may know her by her more colloquial name: the Jack Russell Terrier. 

Photo: Courtesy of the National Dog ShowPhoto: Courtesy of the National Dog Show

She's very similar to the Parson Russell Terrier, who was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1997. But the two dogs are different in body structure and height (the Russell Terrier has shorter legs), so American and European kennel clubs consider them to be separate breeds.

According to the AKC, "[T]he breed's handy size, small flexible chest, nose, strong voice and fearless nature make it an excellent specimen to work vermin below ground."

The Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is the fourth coonhound to win full AKC recognition in the past three years. As his name implies, this competitive canine was bred to track and tree wild raccoons. 

Photo; Courtesy of the National Dog ShowPhoto: Courtesy of the National Dog Show

He has a glossy, tricolored coat that's dense enough for protection. The AKC describes this breed as "a fast, sensible hunter that locates its quarry quickly and has superb endurance and treeing ability."

Amanda Alexander of Homer City, Pa., showed her Treeing Walker Coonhound, Xcetera, at this year's National Dog Show. She has all six breeds of coonhound, and says that the Treeing Walker is, by far, the best hunter.

"I'm very excited for them to finally be recognized," she said at the show. "It's been long overdue. This is the most popular breed of the coonhound, so it's strange that it took that long for them to finally get in, but we're happy. We can't complain. We're glad to at least be in here now."

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Nov 21, 2012 9:23PM

I am so proud of both these breeds becoming AKC accepted but where is the Calahoula Lepoard dog coming along with AKC acceptance?  I well know that the cross breeding or indiscrmant breeding with mixed or other breeds;  howeven can we get a "real" Calahoula Lepoard (hound) up there?  Signed, CJW, North Central Florida


(my daugther former SE Pres. Calahoula Lepoard Club Rescue)

Nov 21, 2012 9:22PM
Nov 21, 2012 8:19PM
The people who participate in this cruel and bizarre hobby are guilty of animal abuse. They actually cut some dog's tails off for cosmetic effect. If you want to find out about the activities of the American Kennel Club, look on the web for animal rights groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and  AVAR (Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights). Dog breeding should be a crime. Instead, we glorify it. 
Nov 21, 2012 8:19PM
Yael! for the coon hound. AKA a black and tan as my uncle (now deceased) used to call them.  He lived in the country and the favorite pass time was for a few of the guys to take their coon hounds and go out into the woods, lean against a tree, turn the dogs loose and listen to the baying as they treed the raccoons.  He always called it "sweet music".
Nov 21, 2012 8:10PM
I love all dogs, mutts or pedigreed, doesn't matter. If you treat any dog well it will give you lots of love and companionship it's entire life.
Nov 21, 2012 7:37PM
Is Mike Vick invited to these shows?
Nov 21, 2012 7:35PM

I love all dogs! Though I would never own one of the little "bark and bites" just not my thing. To each his own. Still though Labs are my favorite!

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