The Biewer Terrier Registry of America is dedicated to building a reliable, accurate data base for the verification and registration of purebred Biewer Terrier dogs and puppies in America. We are passionate about building a solid foundation for the advancement and betterment of the Biewer Terrier. 

The Biewer Terrier is a purebred of its own and not a Yorkshire Terrier. The BTRA is the only registry set up for the Biewer Terrier breed and feel it is important for the foundation we are developing in America to reflect the correct name for recognition as a breed of its own.   

The Biewer Terrier Registry of America welcomes all purebred Biewer Terriers whether they are for showing, breeding or just a family companion. The BTRA is open to all approved Biewer Terrier Breeders, regardless of club affiliation. 

The Biewer Terrier Registry of America provides official pedigree and registration documentation verifying the purebred lineage of our registered Biewer Terriers. For this reason the AKC, FSS will only be accepting BTRA registered dogs. 

Gene pool diversity can be a problem with any rare breed and the Biewer Terrier Registry of America is trying to address this issue by uniting all purebred Biewer Terrier breeders together to protect and secure the longevity of this wonderful rare breed. Only through a reliable database (registry) and the exchange of accurate detailed information will the Biewer Terrier be able to maintain its quality status and healthy lines.

With the popularity of the Biewer growing in America, there are many people trying to imitate the look and pass these imitations off as purebred Biewer Terriers. BTRA is working closely with the BTCA, Inc. through proper testing, and involving our dogs in International genetic studies to verify the purity of our of our dogs. Don't be fooled by the copycats. 

When purchasing a purebred Biewer Terrier, 
look for the Biewer Terrier Registry Banner of Excellence. 
This is your way of knowing that you are receiving a true, 
DNA-Verified purebred Biewer Terrier dog or puppy. 

Web site hosted by the BTCA, Inc. © 2007
U.S. Copyright laws protect all materials

Biewer Terrier Registry of America™

Developing a New Breed 

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 we should 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’s right? I’ll tell you, BOTH. That’s why we have a standard, a description of a dog that we should be to breeding too.

I would like to start out by saying, that this is a new breed and it is nowhere near perfection. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this breed has only been in existence since 2004 when we started importing from Germany. As we found out, the story that we received with the dogs was not the truth. Many pedigrees were falsified purposely by the person that sold the dog and some were falsified before a particular breeder received their breeding dogs. Either way we have a bunch of false documents that we will have to use for lack of correct documentation. This is why I quit putting so much importance on pedigree research, as is normal in breeding.

That being said, we have a lot of work to do to produce dogs that will breed true every time we have a litter. This is done by keeping the best back from a litter, working with each other and keeping an OPEN mind about your breeding program. There is a difference between show and breeding dogs. If a dog has a white back with a black spot on its side, it will not do well in the show ring. The white will grow out and cover up the black which will give the appearance of a solid white dog. This dog may be used for breeding, but will end up losing in the show ring against other correctly colored dogs. At this point, I advise against using a predominantly white dog. The SW gene is hard to contain, so if you choose to breed it, make sure you use a dog with a long lineage of black on the back. 

Big ears can create two significant problems; not only in size but they may also have poor placement. Generally they sit low, which makes them stick out to the sides of the head. 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. An undershot/overshot bite can skip a generation and pop up in the next one, thus the reason to check as many generations as possible. At this time, there are no set disqualifications, 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.

Getting 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 that perfect state. The Yorkshire Terrier went through many changes before the look that we have today. Keep an open mind and look for people to work with in establishing a good solid breeding program.

                                                                                                                                                                Gayle Pruett                                                                                                                                                  Mryna 
                                                                                                                                                               Myrna Torres

The dedication and devotion of our members, to adhere to the strict guidelines it takes to develop a new breed, are to be commended. It has not been an easy road but the rewards have been monumental. With the advancement of science in the dog world, the BTCA/BTRA members have used all tools available to them in order to better their breeding programs resulting in BTRA dogs being superior in quality, color, and confirmation.

We will be working closely with AKC while making the transition into the FSS. AKC will only be accepting BTRA registered dogs, as it is the only purebred Biewer Terrier registry in America. The requirements are posted here on our BT Registry Page and on the BTRA website in order to assist all those wishing to have their Biewers registered with BTRA. The protocol that has been in place for years, for anyone seeking to register their purebred dogs with BTRA, will remain the same.

If you are interested in being a participant in the development of the purebred BIEWER TERRIER, we will do all we can to guide you through the Biewer Terrier registration process. We will also be available, at any time, to answer any and all questions that may arise during your registration. Please contact

The BTCA Board cordially invites you to join the BTCA, a community of dedicated and knowledgeable breeders that are willing and ready to assist you in getting to know the Biewer Terrier whether a breeder or a pet owner.
Foundation Stock Service 
Parent Club
If you have any questions regarding membership contact:
Doni Cervantes at:

Questions regarding non-BTRA registered dogs email: