Westminster Dog Show to include two new breeds in 2013 top dog competition

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Who is going to be top dog? The 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is back this Monday and Tuesday. For 24 years, David Frei has been the voice of the show, and he talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning about the changes to this year's competition.

He's joined by Malachy, a Pekingese that snatched the 2012 best in show spot, and his owner David Fitzpatrick. Also, the two new breeds in this year's competition were on set: Perla, a Russell Terrier and Meg, a treeing walker coonhound.
The new breeds were a big topic of conversation.
"The breed has to demonstrate a good following in this country, a certain number of them," Frei says. "They have a parent club that watches out for them. But we say new breeds, they're new to Westminster, but the reality is these breeds have been around for hundreds of years."
    Frei adds that for a dog to win best in show, it can't just look good.
    "They're great specimens but they have to have a certain charisma, personality and showmanship," he says.
    And so what does a best in show dog like Malachy have to look forward to after a big win? Well, the "lap" of luxury, of course.
      "He's had a lot of events to attend. He hasn't competed since then, he's been retired. He mostly enjoyed life at home. We live in the country and likes being a country dog," Fitzpatrick says.
      The 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will crown its best in show Tuesday, February 12th live at 8:00 pm Eastern on "USA Network."