Westminster Dog Show to include cats for first time in 140 years

The 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which will run February 11 to 13 in Madison Square Garden, is expected to feature almost 3,000 dogs. A dog from that group has won 46 times, the most of any breed. But maybe, just maybe, Westminster inviting Jungletrax Abiding Ovation to join the big dogs is the first step towards finding peace. Cats have appeared in special "meet the breeds" sidebars in the past, but this will be the first time purebred cats will compete amongst each other to find out who is the most ideal Persian Blue or whatever.

But prospective owners need to consider that the pumi, originally bred to herd cattle and other animals, needs more activity than simple walks, Nelson said.

That's according to the New York Times, which adds that a "meet the breeds event has featured felines in the past, but it's traditionally been held separately".

This Hungarian herder is known for its wavy and curly hair and a "whimsical expression", according to the AKC.

While the sloughi enjoys playing in the yard and chasing small animals, the dogs are inclined to be shy with strangers and tightly bonded with their human families, sloughi owner Julie Tenbensel of Bolingbrook, Il., told the AP.

At this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the usual array of primped and preened canines will be sharing the spotlight with (gasp!) cats.

"Fearless and feisty", as described by the American Kennel Club, the American hairless terrier was the result of a rare mutation that happened in a littler of rat terriers in the 1970s.

Besides the traditional breed judging, it includes agility and obedience competitions - and a non-competitive "meet the breeds" event that even includes cats this year.

This year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature 2,800 dogs and run on February 11, 13 and 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

About Westminster Kennel Club: The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

But the AKC says conscientious breeding helps people find pets with traits that suit their lifestyle, so they can make a lasting match.

We know all this change and progress may take a while to get used to, but we reckon we can get through it.

  • Audrey Hill