Gather ’round, dog show ruvers, because there are 3 new contestants up for the crown as early as next year! These pups will probably look familiar, but until now they have been unable to compete — take a look to familiarize yourself with the new top dogs.
A member of the sporting group, this medium-sized, curly-haired pooch made its way from Italy where it worked as a water retriever. When the wetlands were drained, though, it took up the art of truffle-sniffing before wiggling its way into families as an affectionate, undemanding, and low-shedding pet.
Not for the lazy pet pawrent, these dogs are high-energy and extremely intelligent — that means no skimping on the training, and they need to be occupied to avoid getting bored. Luckily, they adore kids and other pets, and probably wouldn’t mind a quick dip in a pool.
A member of the herding group, this shaggy dog of “Because of Winn-Dixie” fame is my personal favorite, though I am partial to the herders. They are medium-sized and of a moderate energy level, so plenty of activities and playtime are a must. Originally from France, the Picard is loyal to a fault and enjoy the company of other people, children, and pets. (And they’re wicked smart!)
The smallest and floofiest of our newcomers, the Mini American Shepherd (also called Miniature Australian Shepherds), are another member of the herding group. Don’t let their size fool you, these guys need a lot of exercise to meet their needs, and their whip-smart brains make them prone to boredom if not given a job.
These pups have been affectionately nicknamed “velcro dogs” because of their devotion to their humans and dislike of being left alone, so don’t be surprised if he’s there every time you turn around!