Jan. 16 - The Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show in New York welcomes three new breeds to the competition and introduces an agility contest for the first time. Tara Cleary reports.
The Westminster Kennel Club introduced three new breeds for its 138th dog show; the rat terrier, the chinook and the Portuguese podengo pequeno. When Loretta Iazzetti saw her rat terrier, Noah's father, she said it was love at first sight. SOUNDBITE: Loretta Iazzetti, rat terrier owner, saying (English): "I had no intention of getting a rat terrier, hadn't even researched the breed and I saw Noah's sire there, Marty and my jaw dropped and I said, 'Oh my God, what a beautiful dog.'." Patti Richards says her chinooks are just plain loveable. SOUNDBITE: Patti Richards, chinook breeder of merit, saying (English): "They love people, they get along quite well with other dogs and cats - properly introduced - they're hard-working dogs and after they're done working they'll come in and lay on the couch and watch a football game." This year's show also sees a new contest, the Agility Championships, one of the fastest growing dog events, says the Westminster Kennel Club's Sean McCarthy. SOUNDBITE: Sean McCarthy, president, Westminster Kennel Club, saying (English): "Agility particularly is exciting for spectators and for the dogs themselves, as that it's a race over a number of obstacles and it gets great fan support." And as the agility contest candidates were put through their paces, it seemed that for some, it wasn't really a race.