Six New Breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Juliana Sohn for TIME
Juliana Sohn for TIME
Breed: Bluetick Coonhound
Name: Mike. Male, age 5
Category: hound group

A portfolio of the new faces at this year’s blue-ribbon-canine event. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second oldest sporting event (after the Kentucky Derby). Photographed exclusively for Time by Juliana Sohn, these six debutants take the number of eligible breeds under America Kennel Club rules to 179, all of which were represented at the 135th annual show. 2011′s Best in Show was won by Hickory, a Scottish Deer Hound. Her breed is one of the World’s oldest and has been showing at Westminster since the very first show in 1877.

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