The Biewer Terrier is a rather rare dog breed that occurred by accident when two piebald Yorkshire Terriers mated. It was developed by a Mrs. and Mr. Biewer in the city of Hunstruck, Germany. The exact date of this breed’s beginning is known which is quite a rare thing and there are not many dog breeds that have a known date of their first appearance. The exact date first Biewer Terriers came to life is January 20th, 1984.
7-11 in (18-28 cm)
4-8 lb (1,8-3,6 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Biewer Terrier is a uniquely colored, toy Terrier breed. They are very elegant and they have a beautiful long coat that falls evenly on both sides as if someone combed it that way. These dogs should be longer than they are tall even though a square-built (equal length and height) is accepted.
The Biewer Terrier’s eyes can be either almond-shaped or round. Their eyes should be as dark as possible and that is a trait that is heavily valued in the show ring. Their ears are V-shaped, small, and upright. They have a long silky coat that should have a clearly defined coloring.
Biewer Terrier standards
This breed is not accepted by the FCI
- Miscellaneous Class - Foundation Stock Service
- height - 7-11 in (18-28 cm) both
- weight - 4-8 lbs (1,8-3,6 kg)
The coat of Biewer Terrier requires proper care to keep the dog looking good. This dog breed is considered to be hypoallergenic. They are fairly easy to groom due to their small size. These dogs have a piebald colorization and that means that they will have irregular color patches.
They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them regularly, and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
These are medium active dogs that don’t require constant training to be happy. A few walks a day will be enough to keep this dog satisfied. Indoor games are always a good idea to spend the dog's energy and to keep him entertained.
Biewer Terrier temperament
The Biewer Terrier, like the Yorkie, is a companion breed that was bred to be around its family. It loves being showered with love and demand affection as much as possible. They are quite playful and love to spend time playing with all of its family members. They belong to the Terrier family but they do not possess the typical Terrier behavior. They don’t have a strong prey drive and are not prone to digging.
The Biewer Terrier is not the friendliest breed to strangers and can be a bit snappy. They are small but very proud dogs. These lovely little dogs can be stubborn and training them can be a bit demanding because it is hard to resist them. They are fairly intelligent and will try to enforce behavior they see fit and acceptable.
Training and socialization
Because Biewer Terriers are intelligent and stubborn, training them can be a bit difficult. Make sure you have enough persistence and continuity because they will test your rules and decisions. They react well to a food-based reward system so make sure that you include plenty of treats and food in your training sessions. Use positive training methods and correct the unwanted behavior in a non-aggressive way. Training them in this fashion should produce great results.
Biewer Terriers are distrustful towards strangers and socialization can play a big role in that. If you are looking to get a watchdog with a Biewer Terrier, you should develop their distrust but then having guests at your place might become a problem. If you would like your dog to get along great with people and dogs, make sure you socialize it from an early age. Take your puppy to busy dog parks and expose them to different dogs, sights, sounds, and people. That way your puppy will learn about social rules and can learn to get along with everyone. Socialization makes sure that your puppy develops in a well-rounded and well-behaved dog.
Biewer Terriers are dogs with a life expectancy of 15-16 years. Like any other dog breed, they are prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog, never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store. Biewer Terrier can suffer from:
- Dental problems
If this breed is a good fit for you and/or your family, make sure that you find a registered and reputable Biewer Terrier breeder that can provide you with a great dog that will be physically and mentally healthy. Ask the breeder to show you the health certificates of his breeding dogs and if you can try and see what the puppy’s parents look like.
Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy.
If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.
World Dog Finder team