The Biewer Terrier is a relatively rare dog breed that occurred accidentally when two piebald Yorkshire Terriers mated. It was developed by 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 not many dog breeds have a known date of their first appearance.
The exact date the first Biewer Terriers came to life was January 20th, 1984. Here are the most important things you need to know about the adorable Biewer Terrier breed.
7-11 in (18-28 cm)
4-8 lb (1,8-3,6 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
Biewers are very elegant, with a lovely long coat that falls evenly on both sides as if combed that way. Even though a square-built (equal length and height) is acceptable, these dogs should be longer than they are tall.
The eyes of the Biewer Terrier can be almond-shaped or round. Their eyes should be as dark as possible, as this is a highly valued trait in the show ring. Their ears are small, V-shaped, and upright.
The Biewer Terrier has a single, long coat that hangs smoothly from the body. Their coats should all be the same length and feel silky to the touch. The dog's hair is parted down the middle of the back. These dogs have piebald coloring, which means they will have irregular color patches. White or blueish-white patches over white fur on their chests, legs, and undersides make up the Biewer's coat. Their faces are typically black and tan in color.
The Biewer Terrier, like the Yorkie, is a companion breed bred to be with its family. It enjoys being showered with affection and seeks it as much as possible. They are quite playful and enjoy spending time with their family members. They are members of the Terrier family, but they do not exhibit typical Terrier behavior. They lack a strong prey drive and are not too enthusiastic about digging.
The Biewer Terrier is not the most welcoming breed to strangers and can be a bit snappy. They are small but full of temperament. These adorable little dogs can be stubborn, and training them can be difficult because it is difficult to resist them. They are reasonably intelligent and will attempt to impose behavior that they deem appropriate and acceptable.
You should keep up with your Biewer Terrier's veterinary checkups, just like you would with any other dog, to detect any health issues early. Your veterinarian can assist you in developing a care routine for your Biewer based on their current age, physical health, and needs. They may be small, but they require everything their larger counterparts do, including proper care. The following are the most critical aspects of Biewer Terrier care.
These puppies' coats are typically long, but you can choose to shorten them to reduce the need for daily brushing. The Biewer Terrier is considered hypoallergenic, making it ideal for those of us allergic to dog hair. They are very easy to groom due to their small size and soft coat. If you want to keep their coat as long as possible, daily brushing is required.
Brushing is only one part of good grooming. All Biewers should be kept inside, and you can't have a bad-smelling dog in your home. Bathe your dog every 4 to 6 weeks, but avoid over-shampooing. Using too much shampoo can strip your dog's coat of its natural protective oils. Check your dog's ears regularly. Because they have upright ears, they are less susceptible to ear infections than floppy-eared breeds. Nonetheless, ear cleaners should be used to keep your dog's ears healthy and clean.
Because these dogs' nails rarely wear out naturally, their owners will have to clip them. Never let their nails grow too long. This can result in painful health problems in this breed. Another thing to keep in mind is that your Biewer Terrier's teeth are clean. Daily brushing is ideal, but if your dog does not tolerate it, professional dental cleaning once or twice a year and dental chew toys will suffice.
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 significant role in that. If you are looking to get a watchdog with a Biewer Terrier, you should develop their distrust, but 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 your Biewer 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 into a well-rounded and well-behaved dog.
Because the Biewer Terrier is a small dog, it is easily injured by overly excited children. Though they can get along with small children, it's best if they learn and understand how to approach and play with a small dog from an early age. These puppies get along with almost everyone, including adults, older children, and senior citizens. The Biewer Terrier can be an excellent active companion.
When it comes to other pets, the Biewer Terrier requires socialization time to feel at ease. These tiny puppies have big personalities and aren't afraid to stand up to larger dogs. Introducing them to other dogs and dog parks early in their lives will make socialization with other pets easier.
Your Biewer Terrier will be happy in an apartment or a house with a fenced-in yard. They won't say no to a quick lap around the backyard, but a couple of daily walks outside their home will suffice. It's also not a big deal if you skip a walk. Your Biewer will get plenty of exercise from playing in the house and following you around.
They also won't turn down a dip in a kiddie pool or a short hike. You can even train them to compete in dock diving and agility events. Biewers can tolerate hot weather but do not enjoy it, so make sure they have a place to cool off in the summer.
Biewer Terriers are among the world's healthiest dog breeds. Their main concerns are dental problems, particularly with their baby teeth, and gastrointestinal sensitivity. Many people believe that these dogs, like their Yorkshire cousins, should have similar health issues.
Patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome, portosystemic shunt, bladder stones, distichiasis, tracheal collapse, and hypoglycemia are among the health issues Yorkies and their owners should be concerned about. However, these health issues are far less common in the Biewer than in the Yorkshire Terrier.
If you've decided that this is the breed for you and want to share your life with a cute Biewer Terrier, the next step is to find a puppy. Finding a reputable Biewer Terrier breeder is the safest way to do so. Great Biewer breeders produce healthy, well-looking dogs.
In fact, the health of the dog is the most crucial consideration. Make sure you talk to the breeder and ask them as many questions as you can about the breed. They have the necessary experience and can be an excellent source of information in addition to your veterinarian.
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World Dog Finder team
Gertrud and Werner Biewer created the Biewer Terrier on January 20th, 1984, after breeding two Yorkshire Terriers with recessive piebald genes. Gertrud and Werner Biewer were Yorkshire Terrier enthusiasts who raised and bred them for 20 years before discovering the Biewer Terrier breed after noticing the recessive piebald gene their Yorkshire inherited.
By the year 2000, the Biewer Terrier breed had declined in popularity in Germany. The number of breeders had decreased significantly. However, after these dogs were brought to America, the breed experienced a resurgence in popularity. A few years later, in 2014, the Biewer Terrier was granted full recognition. The governing cynology association recognized the Biewer Terrier as a distinct breed in 2021.