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Get To Know The Three New Breeds At This Year's Westminster Dog Show

This year's Westminster Dog Show will feature three exciting new breeds: The Rat Terrier, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, and the Chinook. Here's why you should be excited about the new kids on the block, brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®, the dog food of choice for 8 of the last 8 Westminster Best In Show Champions.

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2. This was last year.

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Rat Terriers were on the outside of the Westminster Dog Show looking in. The breed was originally a mix of small hunting terriers, and it's only over the last 100 years that owners have sought to classify them as a separate breed.

6. Chinooks are a rare breed of working dog bred in New England.


They are an exclusively American dog breed, first bred by polar explorer Arthur Treadwell Walden during the early 1900s from a mix of Mastiff, Husky, and German Shepherd bloodlines.

12. Like the Rat Terrier, these guys love to hunt and dig.

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The dog was bred in Spain and Portugal to hunt rabbits, a serious threat to crops in that region. It was later valued as a house dog skilled at catching mice and other vermin.

Relive the story of last year's champion, Banana Joe, presented by Purina® Pro Plan® – the nutrition of choice for 93 of the top 100 AKC all breed champions.

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Get to know last year's winner, Banana Joe!