Biewer Terrier

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4-8 lbs
7-11"
Germany

The Biewer (pronounced BEE-VARE) Terrier is a toy breed terrier who is closely related to the Yorkshire Terrier. He is a very happy, spirited and intelligent dog. Since he is a small toy breed, he can be somewhat difficult to housetrain and it takes dedication and persistence to fully housetrain him. The Biewer Terrier can be a noisy little dog, he is also high energy. He is wary of strangers and will display some nervousness when meeting new people or dogs. A fenced yard will keep him safe when he is exercising, but he should never be left out alone. Birds of prey can easily pick him up and carry him off.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1980
Ancestry
Yorkshire Terrrier

Biewer Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 4-8 lbs
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 4-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • Bile Acids

Biewer Terrier Breed History

The history of the Biewer Terrier has been debated and many false documents have been submitted as fact to the Biewer Terrier Club of America. It is known for certain that Werner and Gertrud Biewer had been breeding and showing Yorkshire Terriers for over 20 years when on January 20, 1984 a litter was born with a blue, white and gold female puppy. At the time there was no parti-colored Yorkshire Terriers and this puppy was an anomaly. The puppy was named Schneeflocken von Friedheck. The little parti-colored Yorkshire Terrier was the start of the Biewer Terrier. She was sold to a woman in Germany and in 1986 the Biewer Terrier was officially recognized by the Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland (ACH) of Germany. Shneeflocke von Friedheck was used as a foundation dog and produced many puppies that were registered with the ACH as Biewer Terriers. However, there was much debate on whether or not all of the Biewer Terriers registered with the ACH were in fact purebred. The Biewer Terrier was imported into the United States and the Biewer Terrier Club of America began tracing pedigrees but found many discrepancies. Therefore, the Biewer Terrier became the first purebred canine to be established as a purebred through scientific data rather than researching pedigrees. In 2014, the Biewer Terrier was recorded in the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service. This is the first step in becoming officially recognized by the AKC. The Biewer Terrier is no longer simply a parti-colored Yorkshire Terrier, he has evolved into his own breed with his own official breed standard.

Biewer Terrier Breed Appearance

The Biewer Terrier has a long, single coat that hangs smoothly from the body. His coat should all be one length and silky to the touch. His hair is parted down the middle of his back. His overall appearance is that of a squarely built dog, however, he should be slightly longer in body than in overall height. His tail is set high and carried over his back. He should have a long, silky fu Manchu or beard that needs to be free of excessive staining. The Biewer Terrier is a tri-colored little dog. He can be found in three different tri-color combinations: black, tan & white, blue, tan & white, and chocolate, tan & white. Although chocolate, tan & white has not yet become an officially recognized color. His tan coloring can range from deep rust to a light cream. Light cream is not a desirable color and should not be exhibited in conformation shows. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
White
Brown
Blue
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Biewer Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Biewer Terrier has a single coat that does require a lot of maintenance. His coat is very similar to human hair and does require daily grooming. The coat should never be groomed when it is completely dry, this can cause damage to the coat. He should be brushed with a pin brush. The pin brush should not have any small balls on the ends of the pins; these can cause breakage to the coat. A metal comb is recommended to remove tangles. A fine toothed flea comb can be used to keep his face cleaned and silky smooth. Use a damp washcloth to remove any eye drainage and then comb through the hair with the flea comb. Tangles can easily occur in the Biewer Terrier. Wet any tangles with warm water and add a little conditioner or detangler, then work through the tangle with your fingers or a metal comb. The Biewer Terrier does require frequent bathing, generally once a week to keep the coat conditioned and clean. Male Biewer Terriers should have their underside, where urine accumulates on the coat, cleaned daily to prevent smell, staining and infection.

Brushes for Biewer Terrier
Pin Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Biewer Terrier Temperament

The Biewer Terrier is a true toy breed; loves attention and has a loving, affectionate nature. He is whimsical in his behavior and play. Most Biewer Terrier owners love his playfulness and his willingness to try new things. He is somewhat wary of strangers but will warm up to them rather quickly. Not being properly socialized can cause him to become snappy with strangers. Socialization should start at a young age. He can become barky or yappy and can also be demanding and strong willed. He can get along well with other dogs when raised with them; however, he can have difficulty adjusting to a home with larger dogs or cats. It can be rather difficult to housetrain a Biewer Terrier. It will take persistence and dedication to fully housetrain him. He does do well with older children but should be watched carefully with toddlers. Toddlers are unsteady on their feet and can fall on him and cause injury.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Biewer Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Biewer Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 1 lbs
Height: 4 inches Weight: 1 lbs
12 Months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
18 Months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs

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