The biewer is a toy terrier breed that is loyal, friendly yet protective. With long hair draping along its body with bows often placed at the top of their heads, they may look like prissy puppies, but they love and crave attention and affection.
About Biewer Breed
Life expectancy: 12-15 years
Height: Up to 9 inches
Weight: Up to 7 lbs.
Color: black, brown, golden or a black and tan mix.
Health Issues: Prone to have a sensitive stomach (that can helped with a good diet)
Litter Size: 2 to 5 puppies
History of Biewer
The biewer originates from Germany in the 1980’s when Gertrud and Werner Biewer bred Yorkshire Terriers. They thought the puppy was beautiful and began selective breeding more. The breed was named “Biewer Yorkshire Terrier à la Pom Pon.” These breedings soon resulted in the Biewer Yorkie. It was officially recognized by the ACH (Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland in 1989.
Yorkshire Terriers and Biewers are two different breeds; however, they originated from Yorkies.
Temperament of Biewer
The biewer is a good option for families with small children. They are known to be energetic, yet affectionate. They are brave little dogs are loyal to their owners. The negative side to this is that they could become too clingly and too demanding for attention.
They can also become “yappy” dogs, which makes them good watchdogs. They will often alert you of every new noise, including a car in driveway or a family member entering the house. They are suspicious of strangers and it make take them a little time to warm up to new people. If there is danger, a Biewer won’t step down and will be willing to fight.
Biewers also get along well with other dogs, including larger dogs. Like other breeds, they should be socialized early.
Exercising a Biewer
Although small, the biewer has high energy and a sense for adventure. They usually make good apartment dogs since indoor activity can suffice. However, they should also have their daily outdoor walks. They can do well without a fenced in backyard, but if they do have that luxury, they will enjoy roaming around.
The biewer is a high-maintenance dog in terms of grooming. To keep their coats beautiful, they will need to be professionally trimmed. Their hair is fine, yet long and silky. hangs over 3/4 of their body and may be long enough to reach the floor. However, the good news is that they don’t shed a lot, making it easy to keep your home hair-free.
Biewers should be bathed every 2 or 3 weeks and combed once a week. It’s recommended that these dogs are only brushed with a wire comb while wet, either from a bath or lightly sprayed with a spray bottle. Brushing dry hair could result in damage to the coat.
The biewer isn’t typically a trouble-marker dog who shrugs off their owner’s wishes. They are easy to train and listen to commands. Unlike other breeds that are stubborn, it should take less time and less repetition to teach a biewer a trick. However, they need an owner who can act as the leader of the pact and put them in their place. If a biewer misbehaves, they must be corrected by a strong owner. The owner cannot allow them to get away with things or else they will end up trying to run the house, which can be annoying and hard to control.
Although they are easy to train, they can be more difficult to housebreak, but consistency and patience is key.
Where to Find Biewers
You should only buy biewers from reputable breeders. A simple Google search for biewer breeders in your area is a good place to start, but you should always make sure that you’re not purchasing from a puppy mill. Puppy mills mass breed toy dog breeds and subject the puppies, mothers and fathers to harsh, unsafe and unhealthy environments. To learn more about puppy mills, click here.
You can check out the Biewer Breed Club list of certified breeders in both the U.S. and Canada.