The Biewer Terrier is the AKC’s newest recognized breed of dog.
The Biewer Terrier is the newest breed of dog to be recognized by the American Kennel Club, the AKC announced on Monday, January 4, 2021.
They will now be the 197th AKC Recognized Breed, after several years in the Miscellaneous Group, placing breeds working toward full certification. This means that they are eligible for the full range of AKC titles in various dog sports and activities.
“We are very excited to have the Biewer Terrier added to the registry,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo in a press release. “This wonderful little dog makes a great companion for a wide variety of people, and we’re excited to introduce dog lovers to yet another fantastic breed that may be a perfect fit for their family. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle. “
Despite the name “Terrier” in the name, the Biewer Terrier becomes the 22nd member of the Toy Group.
The AKC describes the Biewer Terrier as “a happy dog with a childlike, whimsical attitude”.
They are companion dogs because, as Dogtime notes, they were developed in Germany in the mid-1980s by a Yorkie breeder couple from the Yorkshire Terrier.
Being from Yorkies, they are a bit barky, although considered quite soft for a toy breed. The Biewer Terrier Club of America states that this was the first dog breed to be recognized by genetic testing, a first for canine science after the first specimen of the breed came to America in 2003.
The Biewer Terrier is pronounced a “Bieber” and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is held in June instead of February this year due to the pandemic, will be the first major American dog show the breed can attend.
This means that there are currently 10 breeds in the Miscellaneous group, which is kind of a halfway point until the breed reaches the required longevity and popularity by registration numbers.