The Biewer Terrier was introduced into mainstream America in 2003, at which time there were only a hand- ful of breeders. Being that the story, regarding the development of the Biewer, did not match the dogs com- ing from Germany, Myrna Torres and Gayle Pruett contacted Mars Veterinary in 2007 and began the process that would prove and estab- lish the Biewer Terrier as a purebred dog. This is the first time in the his- tory of dog breeding that a dog has been proven to be a “purebred” using the tools science has to offer. Through the collection of genetic data instead of sole pedigree documentation, the Biewer Terrier was established as a purebred dog. Mrs. Biewer became a member of the BTCA, Inc. in 2007, in order to assist the BTCA breeders with their breeding programs and to dispel any rumors associated with the breed.
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 or breed that carries my last name; therefore, I take the right to determine to what guide- lines the Biewer is guided.” The Biewer Terrier has a lightheart- ed, whimsical, childlike attitude, making it a perfect companion for children and adults alike. The Biew- er Terrier is a loyal and fast friend to all he considers part of his fam- ily, including other pets in the home. Although every dog has his own unique and special personality, as a breed, the Biewer Terrier is confi- dent, happy, fun loving and even tem- pered. It is not uncommon to see your
Biewer Terrier prancing around the home with a toy in his mouth, as they show off their big catch. They are very entertaining and will keep you amused for hours. Generally speak- ing, Biewers are not noisy or especial- ly difficult in any particular way. The BTCA, Inc. has since been in- strumental in helping the Biewer Ter- rier receive recognition with the Ken- nel Union of SouthernAfrica (KUSA) in 2010, the Confederação Brasileira de Cinofilia (CBKC) Brazil in 2012, the Bahamas Kennel Club (BKC) in 2014, and the American Kennel Club (AKC/FSS) in 2014. The BTCA, Inc. continues assisting those countries working towards recognition for the Biewer Terrier as we all work together in developing a strong, healthy foun- dation for the breed. For additional information about the Biewer Terrier, go to the BTCA, Inc. website, www.btcainc.org.
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