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At Westminster show, 2 new breeds, bigger agility contest

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NEW YORK (AP) - Two new breeds and a bigger lineup of nimble agility competitors will bound into the Westminster Kennel Club dog show this year.

Flanked by dogs ranging from a great Dane to the lap-sized coton de tulear , organizers discussed plans Wednesday for next month's show.

It comes a year after the prestigious canine competition added a new dimension by including an agility competition open to mixed-breed dogs.

This year, the Feb. 14 agility contest will feature 330 contestants, compared to last year's 225.

In the breed judging Feb. 16 and 17, the coton de tulear and the wire-haired viszla make their debuts among over 2,700 competitors.

For the first time, the show will coincide with the American Kennel Club's non-competitive "Meet the Breeds" event.

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