Biewer Terrier Photo Standard...
Biewer Terrier Photo Standard
Biewer Terrier Club of America
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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
|The Biewer Terrier Standard, Illustrated|
We hope this photo standard will help you better understand what is acceptable and what is less than desirable. With our breed still being in the early stages of development, we will get dogs that are out of standard. This is fine and they make excellent pets, but they should not be used for breeding.
|General Appearance is that of an elegant longhaired tri colored toy terrier with the hair parting down the middle and hanging straight and evenly on both sides of the dog, as though a comb had been used to part the hair from the nose to the end of the body. The back is level, with height at shoulders being equal to height of the rump. Although the outline of the dog gives the appearance of a square, the body length can be slightly longer than the overall height. The tail is carried high over the body in a teacup handle fashion and covered with a long flowing plume. The Biewer Terrier has a lighthearted whimsical, childlike attitude. Although mischievous at times, they are obedient and make a loyal companion.|
|Head is slightly rounded with a moderate stop. The muzzle is approximately one-third the length of the head. Bite can be level or scissor bite. Nose is to be completely black. Eyes are medium sized and either round or almond shaped, with an intelligent expression looking straight ahead. The rims are dark in color. Ears are small, V shaped, upright, moderately wide set and covered with hair. They are set to the back of the skull and their base is level with the eyes. Tips should be shaved.|
|<This dog has a
poorly shaped head. It is more of an egg
shape, with a long, wide muzzle.
>The dog on the right has small, squinty eyes. His ears are tulip shaped (rounded) instead of the required V shape.
<Both dogs have low ear sets.>
has an under bite. The bottom jaw juts out in front of
the top teeth instead of lining up nicely. I do
not recommend breeding dogs with bite problems, as they
will pop up for many generations.
>This puppy has retained deciduous teeth (baby teeth). He had to have 17 teeth pulled, top and bottom. This is hereditary, so you may want to take this into consideration before breeding a dog that retains teeth.
|<This dog has
extremely large ears. Although it is a good set, the
size is undesirable. The hair is helping to camouflage
>This guy has a wide ear set and big wide ears.
With a wide ear set, the ears will stick out the side of the head like wings. A low ear set, causes the ears to sit further apart on the head, but they will stand up.
|Body is fine to medium boned with a good level top line. Height at the shoulders is the same as the height at the rump. Length of the body can be slightly longer than the height of the dog. The chest comes to the elbows with a good width. The rib cage is moderately sprung with the underline being slightly tucked up and a short but strong loin.|
|<The dog on
the left is high in the rear, and has a low tail set.
She also has a bit of a roach back.
>The girl on the right has almost no legs and is what we call barrel bodied. There is no chest depth.
|Front Legs must be absolutely straight, muscular and covered with hair. Hind legs are straight when viewed from behind and stifles are slightly bent when viewed from the side. Feet are as round as possible, with white or black nails.|
front legs are too far apart. She is a little flat
footed and down in the pastern.
>His back legs are too far apart and angled out a little. His stifles are straight.
|Tail is carried high over the body in a teacup handle fashion and covered with a long flowing plume. Length must go to the stifles or longer.|
|<The dog on
the left has a short tail that barely comes down to the
stifle. It has no curl and sticks straight up, known as a "Gay Tail". Actually,
tail" is more erect than this little guys tail.
>This girl has a low tail set which has the tail sticking straight out the back. It will not curl up over the body.
|Coat is long and flowing with a soft silky texture. Hair is straight and without an undercoat and should be at least ¾ to the ground. Head fall is tied up into a single ponytail on top of the head and may be left hanging freely or put into a topknot.|
|<The dog on
the left has very thin wispy hair that does not grow
much. You can actually see skin through the hair. It has
a coarse texture that breaks easily and does not grow
>The dog on the right has brown eyes, which is undesirable, with thin wispy hair. You'll notice we can hardly make a top knot, as there is not much hair.
|Head coloring is (Blue/Black, White, Gold/Tan); (Blue/Black, Gold/Tan); (Gold/Tan, White) in good symmetry.
(The Blue/Black, White, Gold/Tan colored head example is at the top of the page in our General appearance picture.)
face is not symmetrically colored. As he gets older, the
color that is on the one side of his face will fade out
to a very light tan.
>This puppy has a solid white face with 10 gold hairs. 10 to 20 different color hairs do not constitute a second color.
|Hair Coloring on back is blue or black and white. Amounts of each color are of personal preference with no dominating patterns.|
back dogs, are unacceptable and should not be bred.
>This puppy has a spot on each side. When the hair grows out, the white hair will cover the black spots and the dog will look totally white. It will not do well in the show ring and really should not be bred.
|Chest, Stomach, Legs and Tip of the Tail is absolutely white. The white from the chest should come up the neck to cover the chin.|
|Color coming down the leg is unacceptable. Usually with this amount of coloring, it will not grow out, or fade away.|
Temperament of the Biewer Terrier is intelligent, loyal and very devoted to their human family. They have a fun loving, childlike attitude that makes them a great companion for all ages.
Weight is 4 to 8 pounds.
Faults: Roach or rounded back; brown, gold or tan anywhere on the body, legs, or tail; pale nostrils; floppy ears; over 8 lbs.