HISTORY OF THE BIEWER TERRIER
Note that BIEWER is the last name of a German couple, who founded the breed. It is pronounced "Bee-vah", kind of like "diva" but with a "b".
On January 20th, 1984, the first blue, white and gold Yorkie, named
Scheefloeckchen von Friedheck, was born to 1981 Dortmund Junior Champion, Darling von Friedheck and 1981 Dortmund World Champion, Fru-Fru von Friedheck.This was the start of what is now known as the Biewer Terrier Breed.
After raising and showing Yorkies for 20 years, Werner and Gertrud were intrigued by the extreme amount of white on this puppy. This prompted them to begin looking into the possible existence of a recessive piebald gene in their breeding lines. Their interest quickly shifted to producing a perfect blue, white and gold Yorkshire Terrier.
Mr. Werener Biewer first introduced his tri-colored dogs to the show ring in March 1988, at Wiesbaden, Germany. At this time he presented 2 dogs and called them black and white Yorkies.
Other breeders were intrigued with the beauty of the black and white
Yorkies, and began to breed these little spotted dogs. Among the first breeders were the “Agridesheim” and “Sonnenhof” Kennels.
(Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland e.V.) (ACH) was the first dog club to accept them as a distinct and separate breed. The dogs were then registered as Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon.
While dining one evening the husband of singer Margot Eskens presented her with a Biewer Yorkie puppy on a platter as a gift. This incident is the very reason that the name “a la' Pom Pon” was added. It translates from French to “a
tassel or colorful ball of yarn,” which perfectly described the puppy’s hair.
Mr. and Mrs. Biewer’s Yorkshire Terriers, that produced the black and white Yorkies, came from the Streamglen Kennels. There is some speculation, although not substantiated, that an accidental crossbreeding may have occurred in this kennel that did not show up until some generations later through Mr. Biewer’s dogs. They had 4 Yorkies from the Streamglen kennels, 2 of which produced the black and white colored dogs.
In 1989 when Mr. Biewer signed the standard for the Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom-Pon, it was that of a Yorkshire Terrier with the coloring being white-blue-gold. The standard was short and brief at that time.
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 were quite costly. Mr. Biewer died in 1997, and his wife Gertrude Biewer has since
discontinued her breeding program. She dispersed her dogs to family and friends.
After Mr. Biewer’s death many breeders took short cuts in their attempts to create the perfect Biewer Yorkshire Terrier.
In Nov. of 2007 Mrs. Biewer agreed to a meeting with representatives 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.
By the year 2000 the Biewer had lost its popularity and the number of
breeders had dwindled significantly. It wasn’t until the breed was introduced in America that its popularity was revitalized. The breed standard was never perfected in this short time and has consequently been the cause of many debates among today’s breeders.
Our goal is to continue to follow and develop the Biewer Terrier in America to the standard approved by Mrs. Biewer and a standard that is truly unique to the Biewer. The breed is no longer referred to as "Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom pon." Now, we just call these wonderful dogs "Biewers".
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