The Westminster Kennel Club competition, one of the world's most famous dog shows, is allowing seven new dog breeds to compete in 2016 -- the biggest crop of newcomers to the show in a single year since 2000, according to ABC. The batch includes breeds from Europe, South Africa and the U.S. To take part in the competition, the breeds have to be recognized by the American Kennel Club, which, among other criteria, requires that a few hundred dogs of the breed are present in the U.S.
This intelligent and hardy dog has been bred in the Italian island of Sicily for more than 2,500 years. Thought to be a descendant of the Egyptian "Anubis," the Cirneco dell'Etna is known to be independent and healthy. Cirnechi are good hunters and friendly, loving family dogs.