‘Yellowstone’ TV’s Brecken Merrill, Tate Dutton Actor, Introduces Instagram Followers to New Puppy, ‘Betty White’

by Kayla Zadel
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Brecken Merrill finally got his puppy. The pre-teen boy, who plays Tate Dutton on the hit TV series “Yellowstone,” is introducing the newest member of his family on social media. With the help of this mom, of course. She manages the young actor’s Instagram account.

The new puppy’s name… Merrill says that technically her name is California Surfer Betty, but the Merrill family has taken to nicknaming her after the legendary actress Betty White.

“Introducing California Surfer Betty (we call her Betty White 😁),” Brecken Merrill’s caption reads. What’s more, apparently this pup has quite the personality. “She’s fancy. She’s strong willed. There’s a 99.9% chance she will keep the whole house up tonight and for the foreseeable future 😳😬”

Betty, aka Betty White, is a Parson Russell Terrier. According to the American Kennel Club, Parson Rusell Terriers are “clever terrier, swift enough to run with horses and fearless enough to dig in and flush a fox from his lair. Independent problem-solvers, PRTs can have their own ideas on how to go about things.” What’s more, this breed is great with children.

Merrill has been teasing the new pooch on his Instagram since the beginning of the year. The first post was shared on Jan. 4 of the newborn puppy. Hashtags of “#cantwait and #littlegirl” are written as the caption. Then two more pics were shared of Betty White as she was growing up. Apparently, she was the biggest puppy from her litter.

Then just a quick video of legs running with a flash of white following behind was posted, right before the reveal that Betty White is finally home.

Brecken Merrill on ‘Yellowstone’

Fans of the Paramount Network show have seen both Brecken Merrill and Tate Dutton grow up right before their eyes. The young actor was around 10-years-old when he started on the show. Now, he’s going to turn 13 this June, the same month the fourth season of “Yellowstone” is set to premiere.

Tate is the son of Kayce and grandson of sixth generation rancher, John Dutton. The young boy has been through his own trials and tribulations on the show, especially when he is the one to suffer the consequences from his family’s actions.

Fans are waiting in anticipation to find out what happens to the Dutton family in the fourth season. After all, many of their lives were left hanging in the balance. Merrill, though, has dropped a teaser for season 4.

What’s more, Merrill and co. also recently shared a post about the “Yellowstone” spin-off series, “Y: 1883.” Fans are speculating if Tate Dutton will make an appearance in the new show.