The agility competition, which is open to both purebreds and mixed breeds, will test dogs' ability to run, weave and jump through an obstacle course in a timed competition.
In another development, the American Kennel Club has invited three new breeds to compete for the show's prestigious Best in Show title -- the rat terrier, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, and the Chinook.
Club spokesperson David Frei said that the breeds are chosen based on "adequate population in this country, a good geographic distribution, and a parent club that advocates for and oversees the breed."
"Many of the breeds have been around for years; they just haven't been recognized by the American Kennel Club until now for competition," he told Today.com.
The agility competition begins Feb. 8 in New York City. The main event begins Feb. 10.
[New York Times, Today]