With the introduction of the Biewer to America in 2003, there has been much speculation about its heritage. Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had been raising and showing Yorkies for 20 years, when on January 20th, 1984 the first blue, white and gold Biewer named Schneeflocken von Friedheck was born. This was the start of what is known as the Biewer Terrier Breed.
Mr. Biewer spent 5 years selectively breeding his dogs until he was able to establish and breed true to a standard uniquely the Biewer Breed. The dogs were then registered as Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon with ACH. In 1989 when Mr. Biewer signed the standard for this wonderful new breed, it was that of the Yorkshire Terrier with the coloring being White-Blue-Gold. Mr. Biewer was not a man of many words, so the standard was short and brief.
Mr. and Mrs. Biewer kept a close reign on the Biewer breeding programs in Germany, so their quality breeding dogs were hard to come by and quite costly. When Mr. Biewer became ill, he was not able to carry on the dream that he and his wife had set out to accomplish for the Biewer Breed. All the decisions of their breeding program became the sole responsibility of Mrs. Biewer and the care of her husband and the dogs became too much. She slowly phased out their breeding program in order to better care for her husband.
Gayle Pruett and Myrna Torres contacted the Mars Veterinary in Feb of 2007 to see if they could help them with the genetic make up of the Biewer Terrier. It wasn’t until later in the year that they released the tests and we began submitting blood samples. After testing over 30 different lineages (100 plus dogs) to date, we have been able to show that the Biewer Terrier is a distinct breed of its own. Oct. 5th, 2009 the geneticist working with the BTCA, Inc. released the news that they had developed a breed signature for the purebred Biewer Terrier. Click to see Breeds Detected
In Nov. of 2007 Mrs. Biewer agreed to a meeting with Gayle Pruett, president of the Biewer Terrier Club of America, Inc. at which time she shared important information about the early development of the breed, and the trials and errors they had gone through to reach their goal. The BTCA shared what they were doing since the arrival of the Biewers in America and the trials and tribulations they were going through. Mrs. Biewer was in full support of what the BTCA is doing for the breed and became a club member in order to help with the development of the breed in America. All the way up to her passing in 2012 the BTCA was in constant contact with her, keeping her abreast of the advancements of the breed and had developed a close friendship through it all. The study that the BTCA conducted with MARS Laboratories has been the strongest evidence responsible for the acceptance of the Biewer Terrier by the following kennel clubs:
AKC, American Kennel Club, has recognized the breed in the FSS program. This is the first step towards full AKC recognition. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)
ARBA, American Rare Breed Association, has accepted the Biewer Terrier as a rare breed and the BTCA, Inc. as the National breed club for the Biewer Terrier in America. We will be showing with ARBA under the standard that they have accepted for our breed and will also exhibit with the KCUSA International shows.
CBKC, Central Brasillian Kennel Club, has accepted the Biewer Terrier into Group 11 as a developing breed eligible for exhibition. The very first two Champion Biewer Terriers in Brasil were produced in the USA by BTCA member Iris Star of Star's Classical.
KUSA, Kennel Union South Africa, has accepted the Biewer Terrier as a recognized breed.
BKC, Bahamas Kennel Club, has accepted the Biewer Terrier as a recognized breed.
UKC, United Kennel Club, has accepted the Biewer Terrier as a recognized breed.
We are proud to be taking an active part in the development of this remarkable breed, the Biewer Terrier and we welcome everybody to become involved in this exciting part of its history. Our long-term goal is to take the proper steps to gain full AKC recognition, so that we can exhibit as our own unique breed at AKC shows under the standard for the exquisite Biewer Terrier.
This is the only revised standard that has been accepted and signed by Mrs. Biewer.
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 over all 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, child like 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head coloring is (Blue/Black, White, Gold/Tan); (Blue/Black, Gold/Tan); (Gold/Tan, White); (Chocolate/Tan, White) in good symmetry.
Hair coloring on back is blue/black, chocolate and white. Amounts of each color are of personal preference with no dominating patterns.
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.
Temperament of the Biewer Terrier is intelligent, loyal and very devoted to their human family. They have a fun loving, child like attitude that makes them a great companion for all ages.
Weight is 4 to 8 pounds.
Faults are a roach or rounded back; brown, gold or tan any where on the body, legs, or tail; pale nostrils; floppy ears; over 8 lbs.