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Six new breeds at the National Dog Show

Oh my goodness, it's nearly that time of year again! Here's some information about six breeds newly recognised by the American Kennel Club that will be at the National Dog Show:
WHAT:      “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” hosted by The Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP), introduces six new AKC-recognized breeds. The show airs on the NBC Television Network Thanksgiving Day immediately after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
BREEDS:    Boykin Spaniel       
                                    Sporting Group
                                    The official state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is a medium sized, energetic and cheerful hunting dog. Bred primarily for hunting, it has plenty of stamina and a keen willingness to work. Its smaller size allows for the Spaniel to cover all types of ground conditions with agility and speed. Its coat requires minimal maintenance and is generally a chocolate brown color. They are easy to train and get along well with other dogs and children.
             Working Group
                                    Originating in Leonberg, Germany, the Leonberger is a multi-purpose working dog whose most important task is to be a reliable, friendly and willing to please family companion. They are a large breed with either a reddish brown, sandy or yellow coat and may have a black mask.
              Cane Corso
Working Group        
                                    A native of Italy, the Cane Corso breed is noble, majestic and powerful and is primarily a watchdog and hunter of difficult game. The breed is very intelligent, making them easy to train; however, they require a significant amount of exercise. Its coat is short, but not smooth, yet it is very course and thin, making it waterproof. The Cane Corso, whose color can be black gray, fawn or red, is known as a protector and is generally loyal and affectionate to its owner.
                                      Icelandic Sheepdog
              Herding Group
The Icelandic Sheepdog is originally from Iceland and is best used to herd sheep, cattle and horses. It is thought to be one of the oldest breeds dating back to 800 AD. The breed is extremely playful, social and friendly. Slightly under medium size, it has prick ears and a curled tail. Their coat is thick and waterproof with colors that range from tan to reddish brown, chocolate brown, gray and black. A lively and confident breed, it makes for a great herder and a playful family dog.
              Bluetick Coonhound          
Hound Group
The Bluetick Coonhound gets its name from the color of its coat, which is dark blue in color and covered in a ticking or mottled pattern. They are descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (French Staghound) and the English Coonhounds. These athletic and hardy canines are great working dogs for hunting. They are medium to large in size and their appearance is speedy and well-muscled, plus their personalities are active and ambitious.
                                    Redbone Coonhound
                                    Hound Group
The Redbone Coonhound gets its name because of its red coat. Their coat is short, smooth and coarse and is generally a solid red color, but having a dark muzzle. Well known for its determination and versatility, the Redbone Coonhound, makes for a great hunting dog. This breed is even-tempered and trainable.
WHEN:       The Saturday, Nov. 20, event will be captured for NBC network broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 at noon, following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

SPONSOR:Purina is proud to showcase some of the world’s most beautiful, healthy dogs in “The National Dog Show.” Purina supports the health and wellness of all dogs through its food and pet care products and by promoting responsible pet care, humane education, canine health research and the positive bond between people and their pets.


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