By John McDevitt

OAKS, Pa. (CBS) — Three breeds newly recognized by the American Kennel Club will make their competitive debut later this month when the National Dog Show comes to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The National Dog Show is hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia.  This year you can see three new breeds at the “benched” show: the Chinook, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (top photo), and the Rat Terrier.

(A “benched” show allows visitors to walk among the breeders and chat with them while the dogs are being groomed or rested.)

You’ll be able to meet Stacy McWilliams from Telford (Montgomery County), Pa. and  Marty, her 5½-year-old rat terrier.

“There are very few shows that are benched to allow the public to come in,” she notes.   “It allows people to come in and really speak to breeders that know the breed inside and out,  to make sure they are getting a breed — if they are looking to purchase a breed — that is right for their family.  Which,  in return, helps dogs not end up in rescue down the road.”

The dog show, featuring more than 175 AKC-sanctioned breeds, will take place at the greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Pa., on  November 16th and 17th.

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