Height: 8 1/2 in.
Life Span: 12-15 years
Litter Size: 2-5
Country of Origin: Germany
Activity: These are active little dogs, who need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, it will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard.
Description: The Biewer is that of a long-haired Toy Terrier whose hair hangs evenly and quite straight down the side of the body, and from the base of the skull to the end of the tail. The Biewer should be very compact and neat. The tail should be carried up. The outlines should give the impression of the powerful and well proportioned body. The hair on the body has a length three quarters down the sides of the dog, or long enough to reach the ground, and is absolutely straight (not wooly), shiny like silk and of fine silky texture, without an undercoat.
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Other Names: Biewer Yorkshire a la Pom-Pon, Biewer Yorkie, Biewer Yorkshire Terrier
Colors: Rather White or blue-white broken or closely blue absolute, or black, without brown coloring. Hair on the breast, pure white on the belly and the legs. The head with white-blue-gold, symmetrical colored.
Coat: The hair on the body has a length 3/4 down the sides of the dog or long enough to reach the ground, and is absolutely straight (not wooly), shiny like silk and of fine silky texture without an undercoat.
Temperament: The Biewer Yorkie seems oblivious of its small size. It is ever eager for adventure and trouble. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. Affectionate with its master, but sometimes suspicious of strangers. It can be aggressive to strange dogs and small animals. In other words, it has true Terrier heritage. They do best with older, considerate children. Biewer Yorkies are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn. The breed is demanding and dependant and needs a lot of human attention. The Biewer Yorkie is an excellent watchdog, defending its territory in no uncertain manner. They can get snappish if surprised, frightened or over-teased, but are usually very sweet and loving. They can be difficult to housebreak. These little dogs should not be over-protected, for they may become neurotic. The Biewer Yorkie likes to bark, but it can easily be taught not to do so. Being a toy companion breed the Biewer is happy sitting in your lap or playing.
With Children: The Biewer is tolerant of all children provided they respect their personal space. Due to its small size and bold temperament the Biewer is not recommended for young children unless carefully supervised.
With Pets: Aggressive to strange dogs and small animals
Care and Training: As a companion most owners prefer to have this breed in a "perpetual puppy cut". A bath at home about every two to three weeks will maintain a healthy coat, if it is combed out with a wire comb once a week. Show Coat: The Biewer will develop a coat that reaches the ground. Some breeders rap the coat to produce a very impressive elegant floor length coat for the show ring.
Learning Rate: Good, Easy to train but this breed can be stubborn.
Special Needs: Grooming, socialization, exercise and training.
Living Environment: The Biewer can live in an apartment if it gets enough exercise. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Health Issues: The dogs are susceptible to eye irritations, tracheal collapse, premature dental disease and patellar luxation. Biewer Yorkies are prone to bronchitis and early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anesthetic and delicate digestion. Teeth Cleaning is important for the Biewer.
History: The Biewer originated in Hunsruck, Germany in 1984 when Werner and Gertrude Biewer’s, award winning blue and tan Yorkshires ‘Darling von Friedheck’ and ‘Fru Fru von Friedheck’ bore a puppy, named ‘Scneeflocken von Friedheck’, with a piebald coat (large, asymmetrical black and white patches) due to gene mutation. The Biewers continued breeding their Yorkshires to achieve four white legs, chest, belly and tip of the tail. The Biewer Yorkshire was recognized by the ACH in 1989 and first imported to America in 2003. The Biewer Terrier Club of America, Inc. is the only American club supported by the founder of the Biewer Breed.
Registries: BTCA, BYTNC, ABC, GERMANY, IABCA, RARITIES, and NCA, APRI, ACR, BYA, WRV, BBCA, BBIR, BBCC