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.
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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.
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