The Biewer Terrier has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service of the American Kennel Club since 2014.
The Biewer Terrier Club of America (BTCA) established the Registration Policies for the Biewer Terrier. The corresponding Registry is the Biewer Terrier Registry of America (BTRA). In order to register your Biewer Terrier with the American Kennel Club (AKC), any Biewer Terrier that is not born from AKC FSS recorded parents, has to register with the BTRA first.
One of the registration requirements set by BTCA and BTRA is a breed test, called Mars Wisdom Panel.
The breed detection test results have been applied to the Biewer Terrier to exclude dogs from the gene pool based on the purity results of their genetic pedigree. The Mars science is being applied to the breed in a manner which it was not designed for. The MARS breed detection test can be very helpful to find out what breeds your rescue or shelter dog is made of. It can also give you an idea how big your mix-breed puppy might get. It is not designed to prove if your dog is purebred.
The FAQ on the manufacturer website state:
“The Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Tests are neither designed nor intended to determine or validate whether a particular dog is purebred.”
Dr. Angela Hughes is the veterinary genetics research manager with Mars Veterinary and she says:
“A small match to the Yorkshire Terrier should not disqualify a dog as a Biewer because it is the base breed”
About foreign-born dogs the manufacturer’s website states:
Through the course of our test development, we have observed that certain breeds sometimes have quite different genetic breed signatures in different geographical regions, particularly in comparison to the same breed in Europe or Australia. Due to these geographic variations, Wisdom Panel is only offered in the assessed geographic regions.
- The test is done at home. Customers order the test online and the swab kit is mailed to you. Microchips numbers, tattoos, photos or registration numbers are not required.
- The test is not consistent between littermates. A litter of 5 puppies can have 5 different results.
- The test is neither designed nor intended to determine or validate whether a particular dog is purebred and deserving of registration.
The test excludes valuable specimens of the Biewer Terrier from the gene pool.
- As per the FCI / AKC agreement, AKC shall recognize the pedigree for any FCI registry that meets AKC requirements, without a breed detection test as it is not required for registration for any other FSS breed within AKC.
It is our collective opinion that the BTRA requirement of the Mars Wisdom Panel test is no longer necessary. We would like to see the Biewer Terrier breed graduate from this stage of development and join every other breed that has come before in the recognition of the time-honored certified pedigree. If the Biewer Terrier Club of America would like to continue with the Mars testing, it should be a part of their Code of Ethics and not a requirement for registration.