135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Set to Begin

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The Westminster Kennel Club, America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs, is in full preparation for their yearly dog show, which will be held at New York's Madison Square Garden on February 14 and 15.

The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will introduce six new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club: the Boykin Spaniel, Bluetick Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Cane Corso, Leonberger, and Icelandic Sheepdog.

A total of 2,597 dogs and 128 Junior Showmanship entered the competition this year, representing 179 breeds from 49 states, Washington D.C., and Canada.

The USA network will air most of the show's activities, including the crowning of the 2011 Best in show on Tuesday, February 15. For the full television schedule and more information on the show, visit The Westminster Dog Club website.

Image: Westminster Kennel Club

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