The Biewer Terrier is quickly working its way into the hearts of Americans everywhere. With its lighthearted, whimsical; child like attitude, this tri-colored toy terrier is gaining popularity with dog lovers everywhere. Equally as good with children as he is with other dogs of all sizes, the Biewer Terrier is a loyal and fast friend to all he considers part of his family. Although every dog has his own unique and special personality, as a breed, the Biewer Terrier is confident, happy, fun loving and even tempered. Generally speaking, Biewers are not noisy or especially difficult in any particular way.
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. 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. Mr. Biewer died in 1997, and his wife Gertrud Biewer discontinued her breeding program shortly thereafter.
Myrna Torres and Gayle Pruett contacted Mars Veterinary in February of 2007, to see if Mars could help them determine the genetic make up of the Biewer Terrier. It wasn’t until later in the year that testing became available. Myrna Torres then set up a program with the aide of Myrna's veterinarian, Dr. Shalein Bonney, to test the very first Biewers Terriers in the World. With the assistance of Gayle Pruett, Ilona Shanklin, and members of the BTCA, members began submitting blood samples of our dogs. After testing over 30 different lineages,100 plus dogs, we have been able to prove that we have a new and distinct breed; which is the Biewer Terrier. On Oct. 5th, 2009, the geneticist working with the BTCA, Inc. released the news that they had developed a breed signature for the purebred Biewer Terriers.
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. We were in constant contact with her, keeping her abreast the advancements of the breed and developed a close friendship through it all.
We are proud to be taking an active part in the development of this remarkable new breed, the Biewer Terrier and we welcome everybody to become involved in this exciting part of the its history. Our long-term goal is to take the proper steps to gain AKC recognition, so that we can exhibit, as our own unique breed, at AKC shows under the standard that best fits our exquisite Biewer Terrier.