Developing A New Breed

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Developing a New Breed

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Biewer Terrier Babies

Beautiful Biewer Terrier Babies. Whether you have two or ten together, they are always happy and loving towards each other....

I think someone is trying to get on the couch.

Although I am taking up all the room right now, I will move over....

Biewer Terrier Trio

The Biewer Terrier is a very loving, obedient breed....

Biewer Terrier

This is a near perfect example of the Biewer Terrier. Long soft, silky hair, a beautiful tri colored face with good symmetry, and great conformation....

Lounging Biewer Terrier

I can not think of anything better, than lounging with my Biewer Terrier ....

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What's New

Great News! The BTCA, Inc. is now licensed for Agility Competitions. We are planning our first Competition November 5, 2018 at the Bella Vista Training Center in Lewisberry, Pa. This will be an AKC All Breed and Mixed Breed Agility Trial. For more information contact our Companion Sport Chair Yolando Russell at or (516) 623-9249. We are also on the calendar for June 17th, 2019 and November 4, 2019. If we aren't prepared by November to enter, we have a whole year to practice!! Come out and see the Biewer Terriers show off their talents.

Current News

July 9th, 2018 the AKC board approved the Biewer Terrier for advancement to the Miscellaneous class. The Biewer Terrier will officially move into Miscellaneous on July 3rd, 2019. This is a huge accomplishment for the breed and for the BTCA, Inc.

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Wisdom Panel Test Results Explained

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. We take into consideration each test result and evaluate a dogs purity based on those results. Your dog may show inconclusive on one test and still be a purebred dog. For help contact

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Developing a New Breed Developing a new breed take time and devotion

I am compelled to write this paper because there seems to be so much confusion about our wonderful Biewer Terrier's coloring and conformation.  What should be used for breeding and what should we put in the show ring? Is this bite acceptable?  Are these ears ok? How big is too big?  Is there enough black/blue on the back and face?  Is that tail curled over the back enough?  and so on, are just some of the questions being asked.

I am constantly told that "so and so" should not breed their dog because it is ugly, or it's too big or too small or it doesn't have enough black/blue on it, or the ears are too big, the hair is bad, etc... First of all, that old saying, "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" holds true in breeding also.  I may think a dog is beautiful and you may think it is ugly.  Who is right? I'll tell you, BOTH.  That's why we have a standard, a description of a dog that we should be breeding to. I would like to start out by saying, that this is a new breed and it is nowhere near perfection.

Big ears can create two significant problems; not only in size but they may also have poor placement.  They will either sit low, which makes them stick out to the sides of the head, or they will be wide set and they will stick out diagonally.  This will take more time and effort to correct, so make sure you breed with dogs that have an accurate ear set and size.  Bites create a major challenge when trying to correct.  I personally will not breed a dog with a bad bite as it usually takes a few generations to correct.  If you do pursue this task, make sure you check the lines behind the mate as far back as possible to ensure all dogs have had a solid, correct bite.  If the dog is HIGHLY exceptional in every other area, I may make an allowance and just make sure that any offspring with bad bites go into pet homes.  An undershot/overshot bite can skip a generation and pop up in the next one; this is the reason to check as many generations as possible.

At this time, blue eyes is the only disqualification, so all dogs may be shown.  However, many would be better off just being used in a breeding program and not in the show ring, or sitting on a lap of luxury.  Acquiring dogs that completely fit the standard is going to take a while, so do not take offense when another breeder tells you that your dog needs more color, the ears are too big, the body or legs are long and so on.  Do not try to fix all the problems at once either.  You may have to work on conformation first and when you have accomplished that, move onto the next issue you may have with your dogs.  I personally worked on my conformation first, then my ears and then the coloring.  I have my black staying black, with plenty of coloring on the backs and am now working on getting more brown in the face.  The reason I worked on conformation first was because it is the hardest to get perfect.  Coloring can change in one breeding so I saved it for the last.  Don't get me wrong, I worked on the other issues also but concentrated on one thing at a time.

Just remember, we have a new breed and it is going to take time to get the Biewer Terrier to the perfect state, figuratively speaking, as no matter how long you breed, there will never be a perfect dog.  Established breeds have gone through many changes and standards, before achieving  the look have today.  Keep an open mind and look for people to work with in establishing a good solid breeding program.


Written by Gayle Pruett and Myrna Torres to help breeders with their breeding programs.  This article is protected by copyright laws and may not be used publicly without permission from either author. BTCA members may post on their web site, as with any information found on the club site.

***Mars testing can now be done with a cheek swab through the Wisdom Panel website. The "Cheek Swab Kit 4.0" is the only acceptable test for the Biewer Terrier***

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