Biewer Terrier

4-8 lbs

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.

Date of Origin
Yorkshire Terrrier

Biewer Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Biewer Terrier size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 4-8 lbs
Female Biewer Terrier size stats
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 Biewer Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Biewer Terrier nose
brown Biewer Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Biewer Terrier coat
white Biewer Terrier coat
brown Biewer Terrier coat
blue Biewer Terrier coat
cream Biewer Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Biewer Terrier straight 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
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Biewer Terrier requires weekly brushing
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
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Biewer Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Biewer Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 1 lbs
Female Biewer Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 1 lbs
12 Months
Male Biewer Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
Female Biewer Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
18 Months
Male Biewer Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Biewer Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs

Biewer Terrier Owner Experiences

9 Months
1 People
tossing toys
running and playing in the yard.
this is my first time owning this breed. He is adorable, playful,lovable but extremely difficult to house break. He obeys one words commands i.e. sit, stay, home, toy, etc.
2 weeks, 2 days ago
19 Months
1 People
Ball Catching
Watching tv
Basile, little Prince, is a high energy Biewer. His favorite thing he loves to do and has done since he was a baby is to chew, chew and chew some more. The teething phase passed and thankfully the legs of my coffee table are intact. But he loves all types of bones, rawhides, etc. His chewing treats take up a corner of my kitchen counter. He is very strong-willed and stubborn when he wants something or to get your attention. He hardly barks except for when he sees a large dog pass by while looking out the window from the back of the couch or sitting on the balcony. He loves sitting on the balcony in all weather temperatures, though he does not like the cold weather or rain. He can be vocal in making little sounds that are high pitched as he is talking. If he wants something or needs something such as he needs to potty or pee, he will vocalize it and his talking will become more persistent and intense. Disregard it at your peril. One thing I think Biewers are noted for is their personality. He has tons. He definitely wants and demands a lot of attention from the time you walk in the door onward. You must definitely say hello and greet him or he gets an attitude and he will let you know. He makes lots of head gestures to get your attention or if he feels he is being ignored even if he is laying right beside you. Expect lots of head rolls, grunts, and cute sounds just so you know he is right there. Biewers are far more animated than traditional Yorkies, having also owned one. They are a lot of fun and very beautiful.
3 weeks, 4 days ago
Millie Billy Bobby Brown
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Being around the family
While potty training is hard, my little Biewer is becoming a therapy dog! These little dogs are so much fun to train (they seriously are teachers pets). We keep my dog with the puppy cut which requires way less grooming than the longer hair. Personality wise my Biewer is certainly a tom boy. She loves chewing (shes a power chewer!) and always is carrying a toy in her mouth. I highly recommend this dog, they are super confident and a blast to be around. (plus NO shedding!!)
1 year, 4 months ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
great companion for us and our powder puff dog
1 year, 10 months ago
Mickey mouse
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Playing with her toys
Explorative outside walks
Of my personal experience I have to say they are an amazing breed. They just have a way of making you fall in love with them quickly, and them doing the same, they're family driven. True to being small in size, her personality matches the amount of many dogs in one. They are versitile and unlimitless when how big they can get. they always show new things daily and don't change up very often. Energetic, playful, sweet, loving, and even caring are only a few words to even describe this breed. They are really a big gift in a small package, and can only be experienced in person.
1 year, 12 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd