Valentines at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Feb 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle

It will be a special Valentines Day for 2,597 dogs who are competing in the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. The 135th Annual All Breed Dog Show will be held on February 14 and 15.

L70a LouLou Par Esquisse 300x279 Valentines at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog ShowTo win a spots in the competition, dogs must have become champions at other American Kennel Club events. The top five dogs in each breed are guaranteed spots, but the remaining places are won through a lottery.

There are 179 breeds with entrants from 49 states competing at this year’s Westminster.

Some of the purebreds competing are Argus, a Dalmatian from Wisconsin, Oonagh and Peach, French bulldogs from Massachusetts, Poker Chip, a Norwich terrier from North Texas, Halo, a Samoyed from Maryland, Kol and Rassa, Icelandic Sheepdogs from Washington State, and Moose, a Chesapeake Bay retriever from Illinois.

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Cane Corso. Courtesy of Kumarrrr

The American Kennel Club has approved six new breeds this year, including the Bluetick coonhound, the Boykin spaniel, the Cane Corso, the 
Icelandic sheepdog and the Leonberger, and the Redbone coonhound. Rufus, a Redbone coonhound from Kentucky, Fisher, a Boykin spaniel from South Carolina, and Sienna, a Leonberger, are representing some of the new breeds.

The Leonberger, while just now recognized the the AKC as is a breed, dates back to the 1800s. It’s a mix of a Saint Bernard, Pyrenees and Newfoundland.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be televised on USA and CNBC.

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