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such as South Africa, Brazil and the Bahamas. Currently there is an effort to supply theUKKennel clubwith the information necessary for the pure- bred Biewer Terrier’s acceptance. In 2007, in order to maintain a reg- istry free from political complica- tions, the BTCA, Inc., opted to hire an established independent firm to maintain and issue all pedigrees and registrations for the Biewer Ter- rier. Meticulous records were kept on pedigrees and registrations along with DNA and genetic testing. Only those dogs that were proven to be pure Biewer Terriers were allowed to be registered with BTRA (Biewer Ter- rier Registry of America). Through our diligent efforts we were rewarded with acceptance into the AKC/FSS program in 2014. This was a great achievement since we had only begun applying in 2006. As of this January 2016, the Biewer Terrier has full rec- ognition with the UKC (United Ken- nel Club) and is able to show and earn points towards championships. Only BTRA registered dogs are allowed in both the AKC/FSS and UKC regis- tries. BTRA is open to all Biewer Ter- rier owners that are willing to geneti- cally test their dogs to prove purity of the breed. The Biewer Terrier Club of America is willing to work with anyone inter- ested in registering their dogs, re- gardless of club affiliation. The main interest of the BTCA is to further the development of this happy-go-lucky little dog that easily wins the hearts of everyone. They are definitely irre- sistible with their beautiful faces and hilarious antics.

as more information is coming to light, there will be clarification on the breeding program established by Mr. and Mrs. Biewer. The breed became popular in the United States in 2003. Originally called the Biewer York- shire Terrier by Mr. and Mrs. Biewer, the “a la Pom Pon” was later added by Margot Eskens, the famous German singer. The dog arrived on our shores with the name Biewer Yorkshire Ter- rier a la Pom Pon, now that’s quite a mouthful. Yorkshire was dropped from the name, after two years of ex- tensive genetic testing with an inter- nationally renowned company, that proved the breed was not a Yorkshire Terrier but a purebred with its own distinct genetic marker. Since “a la Pom Pon” was not a name originally used by Mr. and Mrs. Biewer, it also was dropped. The Biewer Terrier Club of America co-founded by myself and Gayle Pru- ett, received the blessings of Mrs. Biewer to continue on the path cho- sen by the club and its members in further developing and breeding for beautiful healthy dogs. Although the Biewer has very few health problems, Biewer Terrier breeders are working diligently to eradicate any issues that may arise in this breed. As with most breeds, there are other clubs that have formed, but none of them has done the extensive research or represents the purebred Biewer Terrier. As with anything else, each person must find their niche and where they feel their needs are best suited. The Biewer Terriers have found their way to both breeders and pet owners in countries where the dog is an accepted breed

long walks and naturally strut their stuff whether they are kept in the long flowing show coats or the easily man- aged puppy cut. Some owners have entered their dogs in agility competi- tions where the Terrier comes out full force. Biewers are also up to the chal- lenge of being secure enough to work as therapy dogs since they are habitu- ally very calm when being held. They will however demand attention and will pat you until you pick them up or you let them know that they are loved. CHARACTERISTICS The Biewer Terrier has a straight, soft silk coat that is neither curly or woolly. Considering they do not have an undercoat, shedding is virtually non-existent. The head should be tri- colored, white, black and gold/tan. The body should be white on the legs, stomach and chest/chin and tip of the tail. The back is level being either sol- id black/blue or stripped with white giving it a beautiful layered appear- ance. Other than a few brown hairs around the rectum, there should be no gold/tan anywhere on the body. The ears are small, V shaped, moderately wide set, erect on a slightly rounded head. The weight range is from 4 to 8 pounds. The personality is friendly, curious and outgoing—it should never be aggressive. HISTORY The history of the Biewer Terrier, pronounced Bee-ver, is still unfolding andwill hopefully, one day be fully re- vealed. As far as the legend goes, the first Biewer puppies, Schneeflockchen and Schneemann were born in 1984,

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