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The American Kennel Club recently expanded its list of registered breeds to include the Russell Terrier to the Terrier Group, growing AKC’s family to 175 breeds.
Russell Terriers, originating in England and developed in Australia, are described as feisty and playful with an enormous amount of energy and a strong instinct for hunting. The breed was used for fox hunting as well as finding vermin below ground.
They are small, confident, and highly intelligent dogs that are devoted and loving family companions. Because of their energy and intensity, Russell Terriers do best in a family with an active lifestyle. Their weatherproof coat requires minimal grooming, according to the AKC.
“The AKC is excited to welcome this adventurous terrier to the registry,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Energetic and full of life, the Russell Terrier will make a wonderful companion for active people.”
This addition makes the Russell Terrier eligible to complete in this year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
To become an AKC recognized breed there needs to be a certain number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club to watch over them.