A portfolio of the new faces at this year’s blue-ribbon-canine event. Held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second oldest sporting event (after the Kentucky Derby). Photographed exclusively for Time by Juliana Sohn, these six debutants take the number of eligible breeds under America Kennel Club rules to 179, all of which were represented at the 135th annual show. 2011′s Best in Show was won by Hickory, a Scottish Deer Hound. Her breed is one of the World’s oldest and has been showing at Westminster since the very first show in 1877.
Breed: Bluetick Coonhound; Name: Mike. Male, age 5; Category: hound group
Sturdy and Athletic
The bluetick coonhound's name derives from the markings on its coat, which is dark blue in color and covered in a ticking, or speckled, pattern.
Breed: Icelandic Sheepdog; Name: Kaffi. Male, age 5; Category: herding group
Playful and Inquisitive
Icelandic sheepdogs are so admired in their native country that they have been portrayed on postage stamps.
Breed: Cane Corso; Name: Chopper. Male, age 3½; Category: working group
Noble and Majestic
The cane corso is a powerfully built dog. The breed's name comes from the Latin cohors, which means "guardian" and "protector."
Breed: Boykin Spaniel; Name: Jesse. Female, age 2; Category: sporting group
All-Around Hunting Dog
The Boykin spaniel is the official state dog of South Carolina.
Fast and Agile
The redbone coonhound is known for its distinctive red coat and is a strong swimmers and an adroit hunter.
Reliable Family Companion
The Leonberger is a versatile working breed. It also makes an excellent therapy dog.
The dogs were photographed at the New York Hotel Pennsylvania.