Mixed Breeds Will Attend Westminster Dog Show

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The Westminster Dog Show is finally opening its doors to mixed breeds, something that hasn't happened since its very earliest days. Officials announced Wednesday that mixed-breed competitors are permitted to enter the new agility trials at next month's show. Classified as "All-American" by Westminster, they are still not eligible for the Best in Show title.

The prestigious best in show award will be awarded on Feb. 11. The competition will include more than 2,800 participants from 187 official American Kennel Club breeds. The Westminster main event will not contain any mixed-breed competitors.

This year marks the first time allowing mixed breed dogs at this historic event since its beginnings. The inclusion of mixed breeds has always been a topic of debate. Some animal-rights activists perceive selective breeding as unnatural, while Westminster officials view the event as a chance to celebrate all dogs.

"We're very excited about the fact that Westminster can play a leadership role in embracing, really, the sport of dogs," said Westminster President Sean McCarthy.

This year's show is embracing and admitting three new breeds. The Chinook, Rat Terrier and Portuguese Podengo Pequeno will all be in attendance with hundreds of other canines. The Westminster Dog Show will be at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11.


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Til Chapman

Here is some dog food for thought. It seems like this is all big business anymore. If there is any $ to be made it will be included. Many of our great American dog organizations have gone his route with their new rules, etc including AKC and TDI. Every few years a new rule or "meaningless" class in obed. like pre-novice. Go to your local club's show and go not an AKC show. It's all about the money. If there is a buck to be made it will be the new latest , greatest thing in the dog world.

February 10 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's all well and good that AKC/Westminster has allowed mixed breed dogs and/or those registered as "All American" to enter this particular show, but did you know that AKC still allows individual clubs across the country to ban these dogs from their shows? How nice of AKC to get this positive publicity while such segregated practices are still going on in their shows. http://secretbc.blogspot.com/2014/02/really-akc-hello-uki.html

February 04 2014 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are plenty of competitions for agility, there is no need or reason for them to be at Westminster. One of the things that people don't get is that if there weren't any purebred animals you wouldn't be able to get a dog to herd sheep without going through a lot of puppies instead of getting a breed meant for that job. If you have a female canine that can smell a rat better than the neighbor's but you know of a male dog that has the same quality and breed her to that dog...guess what? You have the start of purebreds. This has been done already.

January 17 2014 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mouse's comment

The oldest dog in America that came with the Pilgrims is the Blackmouth Cur. This
is the smartest dog I've ever met. I've raised Dobermans', Rottweilers, Chow's,
Heeler's, you name it. This breed is on every old ranch in TX and any hog hunter
knows them and large cattle ranch's swear by them and they are not at
Westminster. The owners of this dog, wouldn't let it happen. So what does this
mean? The BEST isn't always known and considered #1. Look what people
do to #1 anyway, ruin it. America, Jesus. Oh Well, whatcha gonna do?
READ The Harbingers by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn.

January 17 2014 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If u cant do Best In Show they why give u our money? still discrimmnation against our furbabies..

January 17 2014 at 10:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If u cant do Best in Show why do it.. they afraid our mutts may take it all from the angels

January 17 2014 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Little senorita from south of the border had a thing for a Rat Terrier. And their little girl ran into that no good travelling salesman Whippet from around the corner. And I ended up with the result. The greatest little rascal on the block. He\'s fixed so the trail stops with him. He\'s the funniest animal I\'ve ever seen. And 14 pounds of lighting. Even with a ball launcher he\'s waiting for the ball before it hits the ground. Now that\'s fast. And his roommate is a mixed Yellow lab. No dog can beat a mixed breed. They\'re the greatest.

January 17 2014 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All dogs are special, in their own way. It's not the dogs that are bad, it's the people who own them, that makes them bad. A lot of mixed breed dogs, have more talent than pure bred dogs and they have a better attention span, for training. It's great the mixed breeds, are finally allowed in the dog show.

January 17 2014 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If they can reach it they will. Don't worry, be happy - dogs are.

January 17 2014 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

breeding 2 different breeds does not make a "designer" breed. you breed a lab and a poodle does not guarantee a labrodoodle. lets say the mom has 10 puppies. 1 or 2 might be a labrodoodle. the rest will be either a lab or a poodle. so what happens to the non doodle dogs? they are culled which means send them to the humane society... I went to a fly ball competition thinking I wanted to do that with my jacks...until I heard about "border jacks" border collies bred with Jack russells.. REALLY? can you imagine the 2 worst personality traits from those 2? In a puppy? I was told it was an experiment and most did not "make the cut" and were sent tp a humane society. designer dogs..NO I Don't think so.

January 17 2014 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dogs should not be "bred" any more than humans.
We are all "mixed"....
Nix the dog shows period.
Have you ever noticed how creepy looking most of
these dog breeders are?
Have you ever noticed how brain dead most "pure bed"
(i.e. in-bred) dogs are?
Shelter dogs rule....and don't need to be part of this freak show.

January 17 2014 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kdh20016's comment

I agree that shelter dogs rule! What I don't like is that only allowing purebreds makes it seem like purebreds are "better" than mutts and then people only want to buy purebred puppies from breeders. We already have literally millions of shelter animals being killed each year due to over population. Who cares whether a dog is purebred or not? I sure don't, but many people are not educated enough about the topic to understand it, and only go off what they see in the media (i.e. dog shows, etc). A dog is a dog is a dog. They all need a loving home, esp the ones that are dying in shelters because people want a purebred puppy. I personally wish they didn't broadcast dog shows.

January 17 2014 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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