Westminster dog show welcomes new breeds

he two new breeds eligible to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, left, and the Russell Terrier, make each other's acquaintance during a news conference in New York, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The 137th show is scheduled to run for two days starting on Feb. 11. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

NEW YORK America's top dog show is ready to welcome two new breeds this year.

Two weeks before the start of the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden, a pair of treeing Walker coonhounds and several Russell terriers were introduced Monday at a hotel across from the arena.

There will be 187 different breeds and varieties represented at the 137th Westminster event.

The treeing Walker coonhound looks like a large beagle. It gets its name for the way it chases raccoons up trees.

The Russell terrier is often referred to as a Jack Russell terrier.

More than 2,700 dogs will compete starting Feb. 11 for the title of best in show.

The two new breeds eligible to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, left, and the Russell Terrier, make each other's acquaintance during a news conference in New York, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The 137th show is scheduled to run for two days starting on Feb. 11.
The two new breeds eligible to compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, left, and the Russell Terrier, make each other's acquaintance during a news conference in New York, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. The 137th show is scheduled to run for two days starting on Feb. 11.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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