Crufts launches with three new breeds competing in 2019

Three new breeds have been introduced to the prestigious dog show held at the NEC in Brimingham each year.

The world's finest examples of the Russian toy, White Swiss Shepherd and Black and Tan Coonhound will make their debut at the event this year.

Around 27,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes are heading to Birmingham to take part in Crufts from 7 -10 March.

Just under 21,000 dogs from 220 different breeds from 44 different countries will be competing for a chance to win Best in Show.

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Russian Toy dogs named Pride (left) and Austin at the launch of the Crufts Dog show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
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Marie Burns exhibits 'Burneze Geordie Girl' (Devon) the West Highland White Terrier ahead of her winning of the Best in Show competition at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, in central England on March 13, 2016 / AFP / Leon NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: An irish springer is posed for a photograph during the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Burneze Geordie Girl wins Best In Show at Crufts Dog Show 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A dog jumps over a fence on the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A Basset Hound dog is shown on the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, in central England on March 13, 2016 / AFP / Leon NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A dog rests on it's bench on the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A Staffordshire Bull Terrier carrying a Winnie-the-Pooh toy in it's mouth arrives for the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A Skye Terrier waits to be groomed by its owner on the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A pair of Whippets arrive for the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: A Beagle rests on a bench on the final day of Crufts 2016 on March 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A spaniel sits on the NEC sign on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A collie receives a massage from members of the Canine Massage Guild on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 11, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: An owner displays her dogs tail for the judge during the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Cooper, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling reteriever sits on his bench as he waits to be judged on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A weimaraner takes a nap during the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A handler runs with her Irish Setter around the ring on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A cocker spaniel is kissed by its owner during the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever during the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
An Irish Setter dog is judged in the parade ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 11, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman uses a mobile phone next to an Italian Spinone dog on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 11, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was created as an Equirectangular Panorama. Import image into a panoramic player to create an interactive 360 degree view.) The Spantastic Spanners - English Springer Spaniel Obreedience Team rehearse their display in front of the NEC on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A dog owner arrives with their dog on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 11, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A group of Golden Retrievers arrive with their owners on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: A miniature poodle arrives with its owner on the second day of Crufts Dog Show on March 11, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A Dalmation sits in their stalls on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A chow chow poses for a photograph on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Goog luck cards sit pinned above a golden retriever's stall on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Eurasian dogs looks out of their stalls on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A shih tzu sits next to its owner on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A poode is posed for a photograph on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A miniature poodle is groomed by its owner on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A shih tzu is posed for a photograph on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Three Eurasian dogs sit in their stalls on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bichon Frise looks out of its pet stroller on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A maltese is posed for a photograph on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
A dog owner arrives with his Manchester Terrier on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog owner arrives with Havanese dogs on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Dog owners pose with Coton de Tulear dogs as they arrive on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog owner arrives with Dalmatians on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog owner arrives with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2016. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Three Italian greyhounds arrive with their owners on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A Hungarian komondor arrives with its owner on the first day of Crufts Dog Show on March 10, 2016 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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Of the new breeds there will be 12 Black and Tan Coonhounds, 34 Russian Toys, and 18 White Swiss Shepherds, competing in the Imported Breed Register classes.

Recognised most recently by the Kennel Club, the Black and Tan Coonhound became the 221st pedigree breed in the UK with the other two breeds inducted in 2017.

Other recently recognised breeds include the Jack Russell Terrier in 2016, and before that the Hungarian Pumi, Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Picardy Sheepdog in 2014.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are delighted to welcome these new breeds to compete at Crufts for the first time this year. Crufts is the world's biggest dog stage, so it's an incredibly exciting opportunity for those who are passionate about the breed, and can help these newer breeds develop positively.

"The diverse mix of pedigree dog breeds in this country has grown slowly over time and we are now seeing many of the breeds that originated overseas becoming some of the most popular in the UK.

"The process of being recognised as a pedigree breed by the Kennel Club takes several generations of dogs, but once we recognise a breed it means that we know that it has a reliable lineage that will give people a dog with predictable characteristics in terms of temperament, health, exercise and grooming needs, which helps dogs to find homes with the right owners."

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