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Long the province of the purebred, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show is opening a doggie door this year to mixed breeds.About seven years later, Palmerini is thrilled that Alfie will be among the mixed breeds – or "all-American" dogs in Westminster parlance – going up against purebred competitors at the elite event.While mixed breeds may now have a nose under the tent, Westminster's main event will still be selecting the Best in Show dog Feb. 11 from more than 2,800 entrants in 187 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds and varieties. They include 76 Labrador retrievers, 58 golden retrievers and 52 French bulldogs, but also robust entries from some lesser-seen breeds – such as roughly 30 Tibetan mastiffs, show chairman Thomas Bradley III said.
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