Show Your Biewer Terrier with the American Kennel Club PAL (Purebred Alternative Listing)

The American Kennel Club Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) is an opportunity for the Biewer Terrier and all other purebred dogs of registrable breeds and their owners to participate in many of AKC’s most popular events.

PAL makes it possible for eligible breeds to compete in:

Obedience Trials
Think your Biewer Terrier is an A+ student? Are your friends and family jealous with how well you’ve trained your dog? Then you might want to take things to a new level by participating in Obedience competitions (also called “trials”).

Diving Dogs
Will your dog do anything for his favorite toy? Have you watched him fearlessly dive into water – say, in a lake or pool? If so, he might love participating in one of the fastest growing sports, Diving Dogs! Almost any dog can do it, as long as he loves water, knows how to swim, and has a natural passion for retrieving.

Diving Dogs is a fun, exciting but easy to do sport with simple rules: You throw your dog’s favorite toy into a pool while he waits on a dock about 40 feet long. On your command, he runs along the dock, flings himself off the end of it, lands in the water and grabs his toy. The goal? To have the longest jump possible, which could be as short as two feet for beginners, but could be as much as 30 feet for those more experienced!

No matter how far your dog jumps, you’re guaranteed to have a blast  – and you may get a little wet!  Diving Dogs is a great activity to share with your best friend! Titles earned through North America Diving Dogs (NADD) will be recognized by The American Kennel Club.  To apply, simply complete the Title Application.

“Zuzka” 6 1/2 months old, Dock Diving with her owner and Agility Judge Rebecca Schnulle.


Lure Coursing
How many times have you seen your Biewer Terrier bolting outside, running as fast as he can after a squirrel or a wind-swept plastic bag or paper cup? He’s going after his “prey” of course, and he’s doing exactly what Sighthounds are supposed to do. They’re born and bred to chase their prey! Their natural inclination to hunt by sight, not smell, is literally in their DNA.

Biewer Terrier “Rim” owned by Agility Judge Rebecca Schnulle

Think of an AKC Rally® event as any team sport: You and your Biewer Terrier navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.

Herding Tests and Trials
AKC’s Herding Program offers both tests and trials. The herding test is offered in a non-competitive pass/fail format as an Instinct Test, Herding Test, and Pre-Trial test. All are conducted within a fenced arena and includes the use of livestock such as ducks, sheep or cattle. During a test, a dog must demonstrate the ability to move and control livestock by fetching or driving and be sufficiently trained to work at the proper balance point to move the stock forward on the course.

Tracking Tests
You work hard to teach your dog good manners. There’s one area, though, where you probably won’t have much success: Asking him to “mind his own business and stop being so nosey!” It won’t work because his keen sense of smell – which is 100,000 times stronger than humans – makes him naturally “nosey.”

Agility Trials
Imagine a look of determination on your Biewer Terrier’s face as he runs hard, nimbly making each turn. He keeps his eyes on you while scampering through tunnels, jumping over hurdles, and beaming with pride. The crowds in the stands cheer as you move together in perfect harmony. That’s the sport of Agility. It can be quite a rush – and one of the best ways to create an even deeper connection between you and your dog.

“Flutter”  Rocky Moutain’s Miss Selena, owned by Ginsey St Croix, is the first Chocolate Colored Biewer Terrier in Agility. She is the daughter of Sir Denver, the first Chocolate Colored Biewer Terrier that was ever registered with AKC.

If you have a Biewer Terrier, you’ve undoubtedly already discovered their penchant to dig, stick their face underground, and emerge with something in his mouth, be it a mouse, a squirrel or some other creature. After you stop screaming in fright, your first instinct might be to reprimand him for catching that poor animal but really, you should reward him! He’s simply doing what these dogs were bred to do: To hunt underground, and that’s what Earthdog tests assess.

Junior Showmanship 
Children have always been an important part of the future of canine sports, dating back to 1920 when the first competition for children handlers was held. Think of Junior Showmanship (also called “Junior Handling”) as a training ground for a life-long journey in dog shows and sports. Children 9 to 18 years old learn basic handling abilities, and how to care for, and present, different breeds in a competition. While Juniors are judged by an official AKC Judge, it’s the quality of their presentation that is judged, not the dog.

Coursing Ability Test
Want an easy, low-stress way to get involved in the world of dog sports? Start with a Coursing Ability Test (CAT) because it is designed specifically for newcomers.
The first thing to know about the CAT is that – as with all of our tests – dogs do not compete against each other (as opposed to Field Trials where winners are chosen). Each dog runs individually and chases after an artificial lure on either a 300- or 600-yard long course. Your dog must finish in less 1 ½ minutes and 2 minutes, respectively. Because the course is for beginners, it is set up with safety in mind because we recognize that many of the dogs are new to the sport and might not possess the agility of an experienced sighthound.

Fascinating fact: Biewer Terriers have a sense of smell that’s between 10,000 and 100,000 times better than ours! The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.

Canine Good Citizen
The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups, some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The tagline of the CGC program is, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” and that is what CGC is all about.

Therapy Dog
The moment a volunteer with a therapy Biewer Terrier walks into a room, you can instantly feel a change in mood. All eyes focus on them, as smiles spread across everyone’s faces. Therapy dogs are not service dogs. Service dogs are dogs who are specifically trained to perform a task or tasks to assist a person with a disability or impairment. A service dog must be with their person at all times and has special access privileges in public places.


Dogs must be distinguishable as a purebred dog of a breed that has full AKC registration status or FSS eligible breed.
Dogs must be 6 months of age or older.
Dogs must be spayed or neutered.

Include the following documentation with your completed PAL application:

  • Two recent and clear color photographs of the dog
  • One full front view showing the facial characteristics of the dog
  • One view showing the full side pro le of the dog standing on a surface (not grass)


  • $35.00 processing fee (processing fee is non-refundable)
  • Expedited Processing: 3 business days upon our receipt of your completed application – Additional $15If you own a spayed or neutered  Rocky Mountain Biewer Terrier and want to get it registered with AKC PAL, please send an email to and we will help you to get it done 🙂 

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Karen Hansen @Rocky Mountain Biewer Terriers

You can text me at (970)882-3299.

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