The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently welcomed the Biewer terrier to its pack, bringing the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 197. The breed is now eligible to compete in the Toy Group.
“We’re thrilled to have the Biewer terrier join the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC executive secretary. “This wonderful little dog makes a great companion for a variety of people, and we’re excited to introduce dog lovers to another fantastic breed that may be a perfect match for their family. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”
AKC officials describe the Biewer terrier as a happy-go-lucky dog with a childlike, whimsical attitude.
“Their purpose is to love and be loved, making them excellent companions,” officials said. “These dogs are loyal and a friend to all they meet. Their long coat requires daily brushing to keep it free of mats. Biewer terriers are easygoing and don’t need a great deal of exercise. Daily walks and playtime will give them the activity they need.”
AKC recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events, according to officials.
“Recognition does not necessarily mean that the breed is a newly created breed,” officials said. “Many of the breeds that gain full AKC recognition have existed for many years, and some are ancient. To become an AKC-recognized breed, there must be an active following and interest in the breed by owners in the U.S. as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. There also must be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the county. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service (FSS).”
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