Getting To Know You – Biewer Terrier

First things first, pronunciation. “Biewer” is pronounced as a cross between Justin Bieber’s last name and (more closely) a beaver.  The answer to your next question is no, these elegant, little dogs cannot sing.  The answer to your follow-up question is no, they cannot cut down trees with their teeth.  Their purpose in life is to love and be loved.  This rare, relatively new breed came about in Germany in 1984 due to the recessive piebald gene in two Yorkshire Terriers. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2014.  Sadly, this lovely breed lost popularity in Germany and the number of breeders has diminished.  One interesting fact is that, according to the AKC website, “the Biewer Terrier was the first breed to be recognized as a breed of its own (purebred) using advancements in science rather than the traditional process of pedigree documentation.”  That’s quite a distinction to possess.

Besides being loyal, Biewer Terriers are energetic, intelligent and playful.  According to the breed standard, they have a “whimsical, childlike attitude.  Although mischievous at times, they are obedient and make a loyal companion.” They are somewhat stubborn and can be difficult to train. That said, I have the pleasure of seeing some run in agility regularly (pictured here) and have witnessed first hand that, with the right trainer, these dogs can excel at competitive sports.  Even though they are terriers, they don’t have the strong prey drive typically seen in other terriers.  They would much rather cuddle with their owners, than chase the neighborhood squirrels.  Biewers are adaptable by nature and, despite being somewhat yappy, can make good apartments dogs.  Don’t be fooled by the small size of the Biewer Terrier, these active dogs still require daily exercise.  Without consistent exercise, they can become destructive.

Small in size, Biewers are only 7-11 inches in height and weigh about 4-8 pounds.  They have a long lifespan of 16 years.  Relatively healthy, some common health issue includes; gastrointestinal tract sensitivity and teeth issues.  The coat of a Biewer Terrier is long and flowing, with no undercoat – very similar to that of its Yorkshire terrier ancestors.  Its unique coloring is completely different from their Yorkie cousins, though.  It comes in two color combinations.  The head is either blue/black or gold/tan and white.  The body is blue/black and white.  Their soft, silky coat requires regular grooming, in order to maintain its beauty.  If grooming proves to be too much for you, you always have the option of shortening their coat to keep it easier to maintain. 

To learn more about this lovely little breed, go to the Biewer Terrier Club of America at  http://btcainc.org