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For the first time ever, the Westminster Dog Show will include an agility competition, open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs. / Seth Wenig AP

NEW YORK (AP) - The Westminster Kennel Club dog show has long showcased purebreds. But the premier U.S. canine event is opening a door this year to mixed-breed competitors: They'll be included in its new agility trial.

Next month's show in New York also will feature three new breeds. They're the chinook, the Portuguese podengo pequeno and the rat terrier.

A press conference Wednesday featured some of the newcomers.

Organizers say this year marks the first time dogs of mixed breeds have appeared anywhere at Westminster since the 138-year-old event's early days.

They won't compete for the prestigious Best in Show award. That's still purebreds only.

It'll be awarded Feb. 11.



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