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2 new breeds entered into Westminster dog show

January 23, 2019 | 8:53pm

 
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Buzz, a Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeens, and Bandit, a Nederlandse Kooikeat
 
Buzz, a Grand Bassett Griffon Vendeens, and Bandit, a Nederlandse Kooikeat Brigitte Stelzer
 

There’s going to be some ruff competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show this year — with two new breeds joining the ­already stacked lineup involving some 3,200 canines and 190 breeds.

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje will get the chance to strut their stuff at Madison Square Garden next month after attaining official recognition from the American Kennel Club.

The process of getting recognized is extremely difficult and ­often takes years.

According to Westminster officials, there will be eight grand bassets and seven Nederlandse in this year’s event.

Two of the newly eligible pups met the media Wednesday at a Midtown press conference.

Brielly Cipriotti, the owner of a 4-year-old grand basset named Buzz Lightyear, told reporters the breed is “extremely sweet, and they have a big, goofy attitude.”

And Rod Beckstead, proudly prepping his Nederlandse, 2½-year-old Bandit, said the breed is “the Pied Piper of the dog world,” with Dutch bird-hunting bloodlines.

The Westminster Kennel Club dog show will run from Feb. 9-12, with TV coverage on Fox Sports and Nat Geo Wild. Additionally, the public is invited to a “meet the breeds” event on Feb. 9 involving dogs and — if you’re a cat person — adorable ­felines.

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