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BTCC HEALTH STATEMENT

The Biewer Terrier is a relatively young breed and, on the whole, is a very hearty breed
 with very few known health issues at this time. Being a smaller breed, it does suffer from some dental issues, such as retained baby teeth and tartar build-up. A sensitive gastrointestinal system has been noted, making a quality diet imperative.

 

To promote and preserve the health and well-being of our breed, the BTCC requires breeders on our BTCC Preferred Breeder List* to:

  • Abide by the Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Breeder Members and the BTCC Code of Ethics

  • Breed to the American Kennel Club (AKC)** Biewer Terrier Breed Standard in regards to general appearance, temperament, size, coat, colour, structure, gait, etc.

  • Conduct health tests on breeding prospects to inform breeding decisions. Carriers of health conditions could potentially be bred to a clear mate. This prevents narrowing of the gene pool.

  • Consider additional health testing certification for breeding dogs with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). Specific information for the Biewer Terrier may be found below and at: https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=BYT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             * For a full list of requirements, please see the BTCC Preferred Breeder List document.                             **This will be amended to “Canadian Kennel Club and/or CKC” upon CKC recognition of the Biewer Terrier without approval of the BTCC membership.