Chances are your dog, or dogs will be grateful if you shared some Thanksgiving dinner with them. After all, they are a part of the family the moment they entered our hearts. Whether your dog is a Purebreed, mutt, or rescue of no definitive breed, the love that is shared is a binding one.
Then, there are dogs whose love expands beyond family.
In the 2021 National Dog Show, now airing for nineteen years on NBC, history was made when a new breed called the Biewer (pronounced Beaver) Terrier entered the competitive ring. Although this adorable member of the Toy Group has the appearance of a Yorkie, the breed holds the recessive Piebald Gene (a gene that creates white coloring), which the Yorkie lacks.
According to the AKC breed profile, the Biewer has a “whimsical, childlike personality” with their main purpose in life “is to love and be loved.” Additionally, the Biewer is a rarity, having been originated in Germany in 1984. Their name comes from the German Yorkie breeder, Gertrud Biewer at the advice of the puppies’ vet.
Adding to the National Dog Show’s historical year is the “Best in Show” winner, Claire. The Scottish Deerhound took the ribbon home for the second year in the row, a first in twenty years. She competed against 205 other breeds for the coveted title.
Host John O’Hurley gave his perspective on being a part of a well-loved and furry event:
"“It is extraordinary how this TV special has become an annual television-watching tradition for American families,” O’Hurley said in a statement ahead of this year’s broadcast. “Dogs more than ever have become a part of people’s lives and the show reminds us of how great they are and how easy it is for them to make us smile.”"
If you missed out on the live airing of the National Dog Show on NBC, it can be viewed On Demand under NBC or streamed through NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.
What are your favorite dog breeds? What do you think of the Biewer Terrier? Let us know in the comments.