What do these three breeds have in common?
They are dogs that will be shown in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week for the first time (see photos courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club). The 138th Westminster Dog Show will air on TV Monday and Tuesday evenings.
The Rat TerrierIn the Terrier Group, 20 Rat Terrier champions will be shown next week in New York. Learn about their 18 different colors and 9 different markings on the website of the Rat Terrier Club of America here. They hunt rodents both on the ground and below. Rat terriers also enjoy canine sports such as terrier racing, lure coursing, barn hunt and earthdog.
The Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (gotta love that name!)webpage.
The Chinookhere and has a section on genetics. This rare breed of sled dog was used in the first Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1927.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Watch all the action on TV Monday and Tuesday night or visit thewebsite for live streaming all day.
I will also be posting my article, Westminster 101. Look for it!
(Photos credit: Westminster Kennel Club. This article first appeared on ColumbiaPatch.com on 6 February 2014.)