Did you catch a whiff of peanut butter-scented flop sweat in the air? That's because the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is right around the corner! Midtown Manhattan will be filled to the brim with the cutest inbred dogs in the entire country on February 11th and 12th for the annual event. But today, Westminster had a special press preview where they introduced two new breeds making their debut this year.
The two new breeds introduced today were the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes and Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeens. There were also three varieties and two sizes of Dachshunds at the preview, which took place at the Top of the Rock, as you'll see in the photos up above—there will be 76 Dachshunds among the 2,800 dogs competing at this year's event.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen "is a French scenthound. Somewhat active and never high-strung, yet GBGVs are busy dogs who don’t tire easily." They are described as "independent, happy, outgoing;" their name roughly translates to "Large, low, shaggy dog of the Vendée;" and it is pronounced "Grand-Bah-SAY Gree-FOHN VON-day-uhn." They add that its "mustache, beard, and profuse eyebrows suggest the look of a worldly but amiable Frenchman," which kind of sounds offensive, but maybe just sounds haughty?
The American Kennel Club writes that the Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes are "lively, agile, self-confident, good-natured and alert. The breed is faithful, easy-going and friendly in the home. Outdoors he is a true sporting dog being keen, swift, tough, attentive and energetic. With sufficient perseverance and stamina, he enjoys working and does so with a cheerful character." They add that they have the "sturdy bone structure expected of a serious hunter, but the overall picture is that of a harmoniously built dog of smooth, flowing contours and springy gait."
You can learn more about these and all the other hundreds of adorably sociopathic creatures who would fertilize every inch of your home without a second thought—and also buy tickets to this year's Westminster show—at their official website. While you contemplate that, we recommend you revisit our 2016 report from the event in which we asked owners, handlers, groomers, and dog lovers who were in attendance to tell us why they love the event so much, how they got into dog showing, and why they devote so much of their lives to their pooches.