Last Sunday we braved the cold, damp weather in NYC to walk (alright we took a cab) down to the Javits Center for one of the most interesting experiences I ever had there – by FAR. We went to Meet The Breeds 2009 presented by the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association. We couldn’t go look at the kitties because of Adi’s allergies but we got to see so many great dog breeds that we had never even known about before.
One thing we weren’t happy about. There were no dachshunds there! We didn’t find out why but I guess they couldn’t get an official breeder in the area to participate. What a disapointment! But we did enjoy our experience and also got a lot of free puppy food, information, and even wee wee pads!
Here’s a pictorial recap of the breeds we saw, liked and took pictures of:
The Beddington Terrier was one of the first breeds we were taken with. What an odd-shaped head they have but they were very sweet and seemed to enjoy all the people coming around and petting them.
Here’s Adi with a very cute little Beagle:
And then there was the Borzoi, which is apparently a super fast breed:
Look at how lovely and proud this Border Collie is:
I’ve always found the Bull Terrier to be one of those dogs that are so ugly that they are cute. I recently had an experience with one at the dog run where he insisted on sitting on the same bench as me and kept drooling with three tennis balls in his mouth. I did manage to avoid the drool and appreciated the cuteness. It’s a great mascot for Target stores, I think. Here’s the Bull Terrier we saw at the Javits Center:
The two breeds that we had never heard of before that we really loved were the Berger Picard, which is a French herding dog, and the Lagotto Romangnolo, which was originally bred in Italy to be a truffle hunting dog. Both were pretty hypoallergenic and neither sheds very much as they have hair rather than fur. Both of these breeds are known for being very loving and devoted.
The Lagotto Romangnolo are usually 28-35 pounds (male) and 24-30 pounds
(female). The breeders of these dogs present at the show were exceptionally friendly. Since they are rare breeds, they are both rather expensive. I couldn’t track down a price on the Berger Picard but the Lagatto Romangnolo are about $2,500 regardless of whether they are bought in the U.S. or abroad. I wish I had taken a better picture but you’ll see some on their site.
Finally, I loved this breed called a Puli that I had never seen in person before. What a wild mop of hair they have. Their hair basically looks like super long dreadlocks hanging down. They can completely cover themselves with it as you can see happening with this one:
We had a great time at this show and got a lot of great, free treats and food. So it was well worth the $12 per person admission price. But at the end of the day, the best part was coming home to our Romeo. Here’s Adi waking up with our one-year-old sweetheart after a nap: