The Biewer's German Beginnings
(The following is from the Biewer Breed Club of America (BBCA) website)
For more than 30 years, the Biewer has enchanted many with their elegant coloring and sweet disposition. The Biewer has a whimsical, light hearted personality and is very playful. They are unique, confident, happy little dogs who have individual personality traits that make them extra-special. Biewers are good with children, other family pets, and are neither yappy nor frail. They are non-shedding, hypo-allergenic, and make wonderful companions whether you live in a large home or a small apartment. They are content to love and be loved by all who own them.
The Biewer, pronounced (Beeva) originated in Hunsruck, Germany in 1984. After raising and showing Yorkshire Terriers for 20 years, Werner & Gertrude Biewer created the first Biewer through the occurrence of a recessive piebald gene in their Yorkshire Terriers. "Darling von Friedheck" and Fru Fru von Friedheck" were the original pair used to begin the Biewer foundation stock.
Both dogs were blue and tan world youth winners in 1981 at Dortmund. Their mating produced the first blue, white, and gold Biewer, "Schneeflocken von Friedheck", born in January of 1984. Through selective breeding, the couple continued to reproduce the signature head piece with all three colors, blue/black, white, and gold in good symmetry. The belly, chest, legs, and tip of the tail were characteristically white and silky, not curly. The tail meant to be full. The back colored blue/black with white in it. The Yorkshire Terriers that produced the Biewer originated from the Streamglen Kennel.
There is some speculation, although not substantiated, that an accidental crossbreeding may have occurred in this kennel that did not show up until many generations later through Mr. Biewer’s dogs. Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had 4 Yorkies from Steamglen, two of which produced the tri-colored dog.
Mr. Biewer first introduced his tri-colored dogs to the show ring in March of 1988 at Wiesbaden, Germany. He presented two dogs and called them Black and White Yorkshire Terriers. The VDH denied the acceptance of the dogs being a breed of their own. Instead, they were designated as being “the wrong color, not for breeding”. Mr. Biewer was unhappy with this decision and began his search for a registry that would accept his beloved dogs as a separate breed. The ACH (Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland e.V.) was the first club to accept them as a distinct and separate breed. The dogs were then registered as Biewer Yorkshire a’ la Pom Pon.
The name “a’ la Pom Pon” came from a unique story. While dining one evening, the husband of singer Margot Eskens presented his wife with a Biewer Yorkshire puppy on a platter as a gift. The phrase “a’ la Pom Pon” is French and translates “a tassel or colorful ball of yarn”, which described the puppy’s hair perfectly.
In 1989 the Biewer was accepted as its own breed with the ACH German e.V. When Mr. Biewer signed the standard for the Biewer Yorkshire 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 the time.
Other breeders were intrigued with the little dogs and began breeding them as well. Among the first breeders were the “Agridesheim” and “Sonnenhof” Kennels. 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 quiet costly. Mr. Biewer passed away in 1997, but his legacy lives on through his exquisite breed. After Mr. Biewer’s death, many breeders took short cuts in their attempts to create the perfect Biewer. We will never know the complete truth about the beginnings of this exquisite breed, but we will protect their legacy until the end.
By the year 2000, the Biewer had lost its popularitiy in Germany and the number of breeders had dwindled significantly. It wasn’t until the breed was introduced in America that its popularity revitalized. Because the Breed Standard had not been perfected during that time, it has been the cause of many debates among today’s breeders. Early pictures primarily show only two colors in the head piece and the body was predominantly more black than blue.