National Dog Show welcomes new breeds: Bracco Italiano, Russian toy and mudi The National Dog Show has been a staple of Thanksgiving Day for two decades. This year, it features three new breeds: the Bracco Italiano, the Russian toy and the mudi.

Give a round of app-paws for the 3 new breeds in the National Dog Show

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A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

For many Americans, Thanksgiving Day is often marked by what's on TV. There's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning, football in the afternoon, and don't forget the National Dog Show sandwiched in between. This is an exciting year for dog show lovers. Three new dog breeds have been approved by the American Kennel Club to compete in the show for the first time. David Frei co-hosts the show.

DAVID FREI: We have the Bracco Italiano - great athletic dogs. It's a beautiful dog. It looks very stately. It looks like a dog you should see in a painting of the Elizabethan era.

MARTÍNEZ: Then there's a dog named the Russian toy.

FREI: They're wonderful little dogs. They weigh about four or five pounds. They're great athletic dogs. They can run like you can't believe - like little rockets.

MARTÍNEZ: So cute. And the third new breed is called a mudi.

FREI: It's a Hungarian herding dog, a Hungarian farm dog, that mainly watches after livestock. They're great little dogs, too. We don't see very many of them. There's a lot of them in Hungary, of course.

MARTÍNEZ: So how did the American Kennel Club suddenly notice these three new breeds and then let them compete?

FREI: They're not really new breeds. They've been - some of them have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years. They're finally recognized by the AKC because they have enough of them in this country.

MARTÍNEZ: There are 194 breeds competing for this year's big prize. If it's tough to decide who to root for, Frei has some very simple advice - stay loyal.

FREI: If you're sitting on the couch with your Cavalier, you're going to watch for the Cavalier and root for the Cavalier. I call it the alma mater factor. That's my dog in there, and, true, you and I should be rooting for them.

MARTÍNEZ: The National Dog Show airs today at noon in all time zones.

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