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Great News! The AKC Board is now allowing All-Breed and FSS Parent Clubs to Host FSS Open Shows. All-breed clubs will be able to host FSS Open Shows, and FSS breed Parent Clubs can hold an FSS Open Show for all FSS (including Miscellaneous Class) breeds. ADDITIONALLY, your dogs will earn points towards a "Certificate of Merit", which is equivalent to the "Championship Title". This title "CM" will be denoted on your registration. Visit the What's New page for the full details on all changes and vital links to forms, applications and information.
We have provided a detailed explanation of the acceptable results for the Wisdom Panel 4.0 test. The new 4.0 has 6 individual tests in which to evaluate the dog, giving us more information to make a better analysis of whether we have a purebred or not. Please visit our "Mars Test Results Explained Page" for a detailed explanation.
The BTCA, Inc., Biewer Terrier Club of America, Inc. has been named the parent club for the Biewer Terrier by the AKC. As the Biewer Terrier is gaining recognition World Wide as a breed of its own, the BTCA continues to assist those countries needing help in obtaining recognition with their respective kennel clubs. You can register your purebred Biewer Terrier with AKC/FSS, UKC and BTRA in the United States. We are looking forward to developing a strong, healthy foundation for the Biewer Terrier. For more information, visit our registry page.
About the Biewer Terrier...
Biewer Terrier History
The Heritage of the Biewer Terrier has been an interesting and much discussed topic over the years. Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had been raising and showing Yorkies about 11 years, when on the morning of January 20th, 1984, Mrs. Biewer assisted their little "Fru Fru" in presenting them with a blue, white and gold puppy. They named this tiny beauty, Schneeflockchen von Friedheck. Documentation shows that this girl was sold to the singer Margot Eskens, so we are not sure how she was used in the Friedheck breeding program.
Along with their new look, came the new name of, "German Yorkshire Terrier". During a visit one day, their vet and friend, Dr. Bardeleben, suggested they name the dog after Mrs. Biewer. They chuckled as they contemplated the name, "Gertrud Biewer Yorkshire Terrier". After much consideration, they found the "Biewer Yorkshire Terrier" to be a more fitting name; the "a la Pom Pon" was later added at the suggestion of Margot Eskens, the famous German singer. The Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon made its actual debut in 1986, and quickly became a hit in Germany. The VDH (Verband Für das Hundewesen e. V.) did not accept these off colored dogs as a new breed or to show, which upset the Biewer's, so they decided to look for an organization that would accept them.
The Biewer's spent many years in seclusion, trying to perfect the look they had envisioned for this enchanting little dog. Before Mr. Biewer would retire, Mrs. Biewer, passionately continued in the development of this new and exciting breed. During this time they set out to find a registry that would accept them as a breed of their own, and in 1988 discovered the Internationaler Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde (ACH).
The demand for these exclusive dogs was hard to meet, as the Biewer's did not produce many Biewer type dogs and they were very selective where their dogs were placed. Many breeders tried to replicate the "Biewer Dog" by mixing other breeds together. It wasn't long before Mr. Biewer became ill and was unable to help Mrs. Biewer carry on the dream they had set out to accomplish for the Biewer Breed. Sadly, Mrs. Biewer phased out their breeding program in order to better care for her husband during his illness. Fortunately for dog fanciers, this was not to be the end of the Biewer Breed.
The Biewer Terrier was introduced into mainstream America in 2003, at which time there were only a handful of breeders, both in Germany and America alike. Being that the story regarding the development of the Biewer, did not match the dogs coming in from Germany, Myrna Torres and Gayle Pruett contacted Mars Veterinary to see if they could help them determine if the Biewer Terrier was a Yorkshire Terrier or if it was a purebred due to the introduction of other breeds. In September of 2007 Mars veterinary said they were ready to release their tests and it would cover all the breeds suspected to have been used in the development of the Biewer. Myrna made an appointment with her Vet. and the first 10 samples were submitted.
Mars Veterinary would be as surprised as we were, when they reviewed the results of the 10 blood samples submitted by Myrna Torres. These samples had all clustered together, which is characteristic of purebred results, and so began the process that would prove and establish the Biewer Terrier as a purebred dog. This is the first time in the history of dog breeding, that a dog has been proven to be a "purebred" using the tools science has to offer. The Biewer Terrier was established as a purebred dog, using science, through the collection of genetic data, instead of the customary pedigree documentation.
Gayle Pruett and Deb Sidle went to Germany later that year to meet with Mrs. Biewer personally. It was such an exciting time as Gayle shared information about the Biewer's in America and Mrs. Biewer shared information about the trials and tribulations of their breeding program. Mrs. Biewer was so happy to learn that the Biewer's were flourishing in America, that she wanted to be a part of the development of the Biewer Terrier. We asked her if she would like to be a member of the club and help us avoid any problems they may have already encountered. This made her very her very happy and she graciously accepted our offer.
Mrs. Biewer became a member of the BTCA, Inc. in 2007, in order to assist the breeders with their breeding programs. She was excited about her position in the club and said she did not take it lightly. She was proud of what we were doing in America and hoped that everyone would work together for the betterment of the breed. Mrs. Biewer said, "I am happy that the standard has now been described. Please take note that you have a dog that carries my last name; I take the right to determine to what guidelines the Biewer is guided."
Links to information about the Biewer Terrier
|Biewer Terrier Standard: All dogs have their own unique personalities and appearance. Every breed has a standard in which a breeder uses to develop their dogs. A standard is basically a dog’s blueprint, defining its structure, coloring, size, look and personality. Here you will find the Biewer Terrier Standard accepted by the co-originator of the breed.|
|Biewer Terrier Photo Standard: We have put together a photo standard that shows correct and incorrect attributes of the dog. We hope this will help you better understand the meaning of the standard. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us|
|Developing a New Breed: The Biewer Terrier is a new breed and is still in the early stages of development. Since our breed has not been around for hundreds of years, we have to take a little different approach in our breeding programs as we work towards perfecting the Biewer Terrier. We hope this article will help your understanding of "Developing a New Breed".|
|Tips on Grooming Your Biewer Terrier: Grooming your Biewer Terrier can be a lot of fun or it can prove to be a bit of a challenge. In this article we hope you find tips to help you ease your job. We also have a link to a wonderful video by Jonathan David doing a Layered Head Cut. Happy grooming.|
|Screening Breeders: If you think that the Biewer Terrier will be a nice fit with your family, we have put together some questions to ask the breeder. This is just a guide to help you start your conversation and give you some ideas of what to talk about and expect.|
|BTCA Membership: The Membership is the heart beat of this club. Here you will find a full list of Members and their contact info.|
|The Biewer Terrier, How it all Began: Take a walk through the Biewer's history, beginning in 1968.|