Dog show

Westminster Kennel Club dog show to feature new breed from West Africa

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) – The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in Manhattan will feature a new breed.

Azawakh was presented at a press conference on Tuesday.

Tall and elegant, the Azawakh hails from the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

The breed is a trusted guardian and hunter of hare, antelope and wild boar, and has become a constant travel companion of wandering desert nomads.

Dogs are very fast outdoors, but indoors the Azawakh is a calm family companion indoors.

There are six Azawakhs registered this year.

The top breed winner will join the Hound group next Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Kennel Club officials also announced a change to its daytime competitions which were traditionally held at Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s west side.

Pier 92 is currently closed, so the show has been reduced from three days to four days, with all daytime competitions taking place at Pier 94.

It also means an extra day for the bench, where spectators can meet the dogs, talk to breeders and handlers, and be educated about the different breeds.

As usual, all nightly group judging and the Best in Show presentation will take place at Madison Square Garden.

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