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The Hidden Gems of Westminster

As the only dog show telecast live in America, the Westminster Kennel Club continues its mission to educate the public about the 200+ breeds and varieties. Some breeds only register a few hundred each year with the American Kennel Club. Long in history, yet short in numbers, these rare breeds are the result of the work by preservation breeders who over decades have ensured the health and well-being of these historic breeds of dogs.


Sweetness of temperament is the hallmark of the Newfoundland. This large, strong, active dog impresses the eye with great strength, dignity, and pride. Originating in Newfoundland, he is equally at home working in water or on land and was used by fishermen to pull nets and haul carts. His heavy double coat, deep, broad chest, and well-sprung ribs make him a natural swimmer with true life-saving instincts. Their unique gentleness, even temper, and devotion make them ideal companions for a child or adult. Colors are black, brown, or gray with or without white markings, or white and black.

For more information about Newfoundlands, visit the national breed club website,


Depicted in art since the 1400s, the Löwchen is believed to have originated in the general region of Germany, Belgium, and France. The breed has changed little in over 600 years. It is identified by the distinctive “lion” trim, gaily carried tail, and mischievous personality. Originally bred to be companions, in recent years, the Löwchen has proven itself to be a very versatile breed excelling in conformation, obedience, and agility. The name “Löwchen” translates from German as “little lion dog.”

For more information about Löwchen, visit the national breed club website,


Originating in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet, the Tibetan Spaniel has been known for over 2000 years. Bred and owned by Buddhist monks and Lamas, “Tibbies” were never sold; they left the monasteries only as treasured gifts. Tibetan Spaniels are small, well-balanced dogs with no exaggerated features. The head and face are distinctive. They have an alert, intelligent appearance. They are equally at home in an apartment or a stately home. They are excellent watchdogs and very good bed dogs in a small package. They require only minimal grooming.

For more information about Tibetan Spaniels, visit the national breed club website,