The National dog show on Thanksgiving features America’s most popular breeds like the Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, and Lab. But this year, the National Dog Show welcomed a new breed to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
The Biewer Terrier (pronounced like beaver), which is part of the Toy Group, originated in Germany as a Tricolor Yorkie. The heritage of the breed has been debated and discussed. Werner and Gertrud Biewer started breeding Yorkies in Germany. In 1984, they bred a Yorkie with the genetic recessive magpie gene, and they started producing more puppies with the gene.
According to the American Kennel Club, he was first imported to the United States in 2003 and rose through the AKC ranks to full recognition in record time, entering the Foundation Stock Service of the ‘AKC in 2014, the Miscellaneous class in July 2019, and now a fully recognized breed. There are currently 1,424 Biewers registered with the AKC.
In 2007, veterinary geneticists in Mars studying the DNA of 10 Biewer Terriers determined that it was a bona fide breed, descended from the dominant traits of four others – Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese, Havanese and Bichon Frize – making it the first breed to be recognized as purebred following genetic study. The breed is long-haired and tricolor with a soft, silky coat and feathered tail curled over its back.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Biewer Terrier is a very dedicated and loyal family member who is generally friendly with strangers. A large percentage of Biewer Terriers are cheerful dogs with a bright smile. Despite its small size, the Biewer is a very hearty, athletic dog and an excellent vermin hunter.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national dog show will only allow spectators who are fully vaccinated this year. Find out more about the vaccination policy of the national dog show for the 2021 edition.