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New Breeds for 2022


Once a breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club it is then eligible to enter the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. For the owners of these breeds, showing in the breed classes at Westminster for the first time is indeed a historical event. The Best of Breed winner then goes into the record books as the first of their breed to appear on the green carpet in the evening Group competition at Westminster.

Two newly AKC-recognized breeds will make their debut at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2022. This brings the total number of eligible breeds and varieties to enter Westminster to 211.

A medium-sized, versatile farm dog from Hungary, the Mudi is a loyal protector of property and family. Originally bred to herd the most stubborn sheep and cattle, the breed is courageous, alert, and intelligent. The are a true working dog with a wavy-to-curly, self-cleaning coat and a gait that covers a lot of ground. The Mudi is joining the Herding Group.

The Russian Toy is a small, squarely built toy dog that is elegant, athletic, and cheerful. A favorite breed of the Russian aristocracy, the Russian Toy can have a smooth or long coat. Their large round eyes and high-set ears contribute to their bright, attentive expression. The Russian Toy is joining the Toy Group.