Mr. & Mrs. Werner and Gertrude Biewer of Hunsruck Germany bred their 1981 Dortmund World
Youth Winning Yorkshire Terriers, “Darling von Friedheck” and “Fru Fru von Friedheck” and to their
surprise, on January 20, 1984, their first tri-colored puppy was born bearing the traditional colors of a
Yorkshire terrier with the addition of white. This puppy was named “Schneeflocken von Friedheck”,
(schneeflöcke is German for snowflake). It is said that each of these fabulous specimens were carriers of
the piebald gene. There is much speculation as to how this gene entered the race. However Gertrude
and Werner felt the offspring of this mating were an incredible little dog and decided to embrace the
litter and continued to breed for this particular color. Mr. Biewer's Yorkshire Terriers that produced
his three colored offspring came from the Streamglen Kennels in England. The widely accepted theory
is that the white marking on Schneeflocken was the result of a recessive piebald gene present in the
breeding pair Darling and Fru Fru.
Throughout the next five years, Mr. and Mrs. Biewer carefully bred their lines to a set type. On
November 15, 1989 Mr. Biewer wrote and signed his official Standard for the Biewer. This standard
was submitted to and accepted into the Allgemeiner Club der Hunderfreunde Deutschland e. V. (the
ACH e. V.) in 1989 and the Biewer became recognized for the first time.
The Biewer travels to the United States
In 2003, the first Biewer was shown in the U.S.A. by Donna Hall, founder of the American chapter of the 1.
BYC Mrs. Hall worked diligently to gain Biewer recognition under the show auspices of the IABCA and the
NAKC/Rarities. Mrs. Hall was instrumental in the development of a more detailed Biewer Standard accepted
to the RVD/UCI currently being used by IABCA and NAKC as well as Ontario Rare Breed judges.
Through showing the Biewer in rare breed conformation venues and their notice by other canine Fancier’s ,
the Biewer is enjoying a rapid increase in popularity not only in Europe but also the United States, Canada,
and many other parts of the world.
BBCC wishes to spread awareness of the importance for any breeder to belong to a breed club of their choice
to help track and advance the Biewer breed. The Biewer numbers are growing rapidly as more and more
fanciers are discovering the Biewer , more are imported from Germany as foundation stock and pets thus
more litters are being born in the United States