Change to Westminster show celebrates the everydog

January 26, 2014 • National News

FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2014, file photo, Alfie, a poodle mix, approaches a hurdle as he demonstrates his mastery of an agility test during a news conference in New York. For the first time ever, the Westminster Dog Show will include an agility competition, open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs. “I’m representing everybody who just sits on their couch with their dog,” said Alfie’s owner Irene Palmerini, of Toms River, N.J. “He’s just our pet.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — When the nation’s foremost dog show added an event open to mixed breeds, owners cheered that everydogs were finally having their day.

They see the Westminster Kennel Club’s new agility competition, which will allow mutts at the elite event next month for the first time since the 1800s, as a singular chance to showcase what unpedigreed dogs can do.

“It’s great that people see that, ‘Wow, this is a really talented mixed breed that didn’t come from a fancy breeder,'” said Stacey Login to read more

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