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overview of the Biewer Terrier Dog Breed
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Biewer Terriers puppies (pronounced “beaver”) are a descendant of the Yorkshire Terrier. While they share many traits with Yorkies, Biewer Terriers have rare white markings, while Yorkies are only black and tan.
Biewer Terriers are perfect for small homes and apartments. They are energetic, spunky, and love attention! Keep their coat long and silky for a show-stopping look, or have it trimmed shorter for less maintenance. Either way, a Biewer Terrier puppy is downright adorable!
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Biewer Terrier temperament
Apartment-friendly: Because of their small size, Biewer Terriers are great for small spaces! A daily walk around the block or a game of indoor fetch is usually enough for a Yorkie.
Low-shed: Although they’re not 100% hypoallergenic, Biewers Terriers shed very little, which keeps allergens low. A Biewer Terrier’s coat is similar to human hair and may not irritate allergies as much as some breeds.
Spunky and feisty: A Biewer Terrier is not a calm, lazy lap dog. These small, energetic dogs are known for their big personality! They are not afraid to challenge a big dog—so you’ll want to supervise when your Biewer is introduced to a new dog. It’s important to establish yourself as the leader with your dog; otherwise, your Biewer may develop Small Dog Syndrome and become bossy and demanding. Biewers typically don’t do well with young children, as they can become snappy if they are teased or handled roughly.
Adorable: These pups will melt your heart, especially with their hair tied in a ribbon! Weighing only 4-8 pounds, they are a loveable size and can easily be carried in your arms or a small dog carrier bag. Cute sweaters and dog coats are also a good idea—Biewers get cold quickly and will appreciate the extra warmth!
Watchdog: These dogs will let you know when something isn’t right and can become yappy. However, with consistent training, they can be taught not to bark excessively.
Biewer Terrier Breed history
The Biewer Terrier originated in Germany and is a descendant of the Yorkshire Terrier.
Gertrud and Werner Biewer bred Yorkshire Terriers for years and discovered a rare recessive piebald gene in their Yorkies.
The recessive piebald gene produced Yorkshire Terriers with white markings. They began to breed for these rare white, black, and tan terriers. They called them “German Terriers” until the vet suggested they name them after Mrs. Biewer.
“Gertrud Biewer Yorkshire Terrier” was a bit clunky, and after a few variations of this name, they’re now called simply, “Biewer Terriers”.
To the disappointment of the Biewers, Germany’s Kennel Club marked these special terriers “not for breeding.” So the Biewers started their own registry and documented the breeding of these rare dogs.
These exclusive dogs were in high demand and hard to produce. Other breeders began mixing in other breeds to create this unique piebald terrier.
The Biewer Terriers came to mainstream America in 2003. People were wondering if these terriers were Yorkshire Terriers, mixes, or a breed of their own.
Myrna Torres submitted blood samples to Mars Veterinary in 2007 to solve this mystery. Much to the surprise of the Veterinary Clinic, all ten blood samples revealed tests in clusters—a purebred trait! This was the beginning of proving that the Biewer Terrier was its own breed.
The Biewer Terrier Club of America was formed and was honored to have Mrs. Gertrud Biewer herself join the club in 2007 and sign the breed standard for the Biewer Terrier.
The Biewer Terrier was accepted by the AKC in 2021.
Biewer Terrier Average size
Biewer Terriers are considered a Toy breed. Adult Biewer Terriers are usually 7-11” tall at the shoulders and weigh 4-8 pounds.
Average Biewer Terrier lifespan
You can expect your Biewer Terrier puppy to live up to 16 years.
Biewer Terrier body features
A Biewer Terrier has a tri-colored coat of black, tan, and white. They usually have tan faces and black backs. Their chest and legs are often white.
Puppies lighten in color as they mature.
grooming Your Biewer Terrier Puppy
Known for their glossy, gorgeous hair, these small pups take a little extra care in the grooming department.
Whether you choose to keep your Biewer’s hair long (like a show dog) or clipped short (called a “puppy cut”), you’ll need to brush your puppy daily. Because their coat is similar to human hair, it can quickly become tangled or matted.
They’ll also need a bath every one to two weeks. Be sure to use a good shampoo and conditioner—ask your vet for recommended products for your Biewer puppy to keep their hair soft and silky!
If you choose to keep your Biewer’s hair long, plan to take your Biewer to a professional groomer on a regular schedule. You’ll also want to keep your Biewer puppy’s hair out of its face by keeping it in a topknot.
Some Biewers can tear a lot, leaving dirt or discharge around the eyes. Wash your Biewer’s face and eyes with a warm, damp cloth as needed.
Your Biewer Terrier will also need other basic grooming, such as regular teeth brushing and nail trimmings.
Keeping Your Biewer Terrier Puppy Healthy
Biewer Terriers are generally a healthy breed, but there are a few things their owners should know.
First, even though they are small, they still need regular walks and short amounts of higher-intensity exercise, such as a game of fetch.
Biewer Terriers can have sensitive digestive systems and may have diarrhea occasionally. If your Biewer Terrier consistently has irregular stools, talk to your vet.
Many small and toy dogs are also prone to Patellar Luxation, which is when the kneecaps pop out of place. This condition is present at birth but only becomes apparent and problematic later on in life. Have your vet check your pup’s legs regularly and watch your dog for limping or hopping.
Small and toy dogs also can have hypoglycemia, which is caused by low blood sugar. Watch for weakness, confusion, a wobbly gait, and seizure-like episodes in your Biewer Terrier, and talk to your vet about possible treatments.
Like all dog breeds, they are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.
Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.
One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.
Typical Biewer Terrier Allergens
Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the hair that dogs shed.
The Biewer Terrier is a low-shed and low-allergen breed. Their hair is more like human hair than animal fur, so your Biewer Terrier’s shedding will be comparable to human hair ‘shedding.’
Remember, no dog is entirely allergen-proof. If you or someone in your home has allergies, please talk to your family physician before adopting a puppy.