Here's a quick primer on the six newly recognized dog breeds debuting at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Some are fluffy and one is hairless, but they're all adorable.
Norwegian Lundehund (Non-Sporting Group)
The Norwegian Lundehund or Puffin Dog is a small Spitz-type dog from Norway that has been bred for centuries to hunt puffins. They have at least six toes on each foot for stability when hunting and retrieving on cliffs. Lundehunds have a double coat feature a protective wiry outer layer and a soft insulating downy layer. They are reddish-brown, often with white collar and feet and a white tip on the tail.
Xoloitzcuintli (Non-Sporting Group)
The Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced "show-low-eetz-kwent-lee" or "show-low" as it is commonly called, is the national dog of Mexico. Previously known as the Mexican Hairless, it comes in three sizes as well as a coated version. Like Poodles, the Standard, Miniature, and Toy varieties are all judged on the same standard. The breed originated over 400 years ago, when the Aztecs first honored them as guardians of the dead.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog (Herding Group)
The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss breeds. A medium-sized working dog, they has a short, tri-colored coat with symmetrical markings. They are intelligent, independent dogs with a strong work ethic and herding instinct.
Finnish Lapphund (Herding Group)
The Finnish Lapphund has been bred in Scandinavia for hundreds if not thousands of years as a reindeer herding dog. They have heavy, dense coats that come in a variety of colors.