Ever seen a wirehaired viszla? Falko, left, a wire-haired vizsla, and Luna, a coton de tulear, sit on stage with their owners, Anton Sagh, of Montreal, Quebec, and Adrianne Dering, of Morgantown, W.Va. (AP photos)
Ever seen a wirehaired viszla?
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Two breeds have been added to the nation's premier dog competition. It's the Westminster Kennel Club show. It's set for Feb. 16-17.

The wirehaired viszla is a rugged, versatile hunter. It's conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The coton de tulear is a happy-go-lucky companion. It came from the island of Madagascar, near Africa.

The club's leaders, as well as Luna the cotton de tulear, and Falko the wirehaired viszla, appeared Tuesday. Luna stood politely.

The small but sturdy animal has been dubbed the "royal dog of Madagascar." It's known for its flowing, cotton-like coat. It has a chipper disposition.

"I say they're a big dog in a small dog's boots," Luna's breeder and co-owner said. She is Adrianne Dering of Morgantown, West Virginia. The breed initially developed on its own. Then it became popular with Madagascar's wealthy and later with French colonists. The name coton de tulear is pronounced koh-TOHN du TOO-lay-ahr.

"They're just very adaptable, and they like everybody," Dering said.

The wirehaired viszla was bred to be an all-weather hunting aide in northern Hungary. The name viszla is pronounced VEEZ-shlah. The dog has a brushy coat. It has a heavier build than its cousin the viszla. Falko, owned by Anton Sagh of Montreal, Canada, relaxed on the floor Tuesday.

"They're just phenomenal in the field," but "really easygoing to live with." That was how Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America President Jean Schroeder of Wanatah, Indiana, described the dog.

Breeds are added to the Westminster show after the American Kennel Club recognizes them. There are 180 AKC-recognized breeds.

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COMMENTS (21)
  • nolanb-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:48 p.m.

    I thought this article was OK but I did learn a few facts. The first fact is there is a dog from Africa. Finally the dog is royal.

  • robertd-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:48 p.m.

    I don't know why the lady is kissing the dog. or why the wirehaired viszla is a rugged,versalate hunter.

  • jamesv-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:49 p.m.

    This book was interestng I did not get a good score on the test I guess I could have done better thats my comment

  • tatianaa-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:49 p.m.

    I thought this was a awesome story.About two breeds where added to the nations premier dog competition.I also liked this story because I like to learn different things and I also like dogs.I was amazed. wow.

  • caitlynnk-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:50 p.m.

    I think that this actual is very interesting.I never new that there was a dog from Madagascar.I would like to see the dog show to my actual family this dog from mad car.That just blew my mind that there is a Dog from Madagascar.Now i want one.I hope they have them in New York.I wonder how this interesting dog got here.It is so cool that they came from Madagascar.It just blew my mind.THAT IS SO COOL!!

  • madelinem-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:52 p.m.

    I really didn't like it the only good thing is that I got to play a game.But I liked the dogs they where cute .They look like they would be good pets

  • kaylal-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:53 p.m.

    I think this article is amazing.But my favorite article is the one of the rare photo of Lincoln in the coffin.But in this article i like how they tell you that the breed came from Madagascar and that rich people like to study the breed.

  • peytoni-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:54 p.m.

    I think this was an amazing article.The article l told me about two dogs and their breeder.It told me that the two dogs joined the Westminster Kennel Club show and it told me that it was set for Feb.16-17.

  • michaelc-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:55 p.m.

    I think of this is a Fun to learn. article it was cool to know about this article.

  • hopec-Hyl
    10/24/2014 - 12:56 p.m.

    I think they should put a little more detal about the dogs and about the people.

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