Biewer Terrier Club of Canada, Inc. (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.
As a BTCC "Preferred Breeder", I am committed to promoting and preserving the health and well-being of our breed. The BTCC requires breeders on their 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 CKC 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) as listed at https://ofa.org/chic-programs/browse-by-breed/?breed=BYT
* For a full list of requirements, please see the BTCC Preferred Breeder List document at https://www.biewerterrierclubofcanada.org/_files/ugd/e28ef2_47305e85abc04f6aa8b2df98e02fab80.pdf