Breeds

Biewer Terrier

GROUP 1 - TOYS

History

The Biewer, pronounced (Beeva) originated in Hunsruck, Germany in 1984. After raising and showing Yorkshire Terriers for 20 years, Werner & Gertrude Biewer created the first Biewer through the occurrence of a recessive piebald gene in their Yorkshire Terriers. "Darling von Friedheck" and Fru Fru von Friedheck" were the original pair used to begin the Biewer foundation stock.

Both dogs were blue and tan and world youth winners in 1981 at Dortmund. Their mating produced the first blue, white, and gold Biewer, "Schneeflocken von Freidheck", born in January of 1984. Through selective breeding, the couple continued to reproduce the signature head piece with all three colors, blue/black, white, and gold in good symmetry. The belly, chest, legs, and tip of the tail were characteristically white and silky, not curly. The tail meant to be full. The back colored blue/black with white in it. The Yorkshire Terriers that produced the Biewer originated from the Streamglen Kennel.

In 1989 the Biewer was accepted as its own breed with the ACH German e.V. When Mr. Biewer signed the standard for the Biewer Yorkshire a’ la Pom Pon, it was that of a Yorkshire Terrier with the coloring being white-blue-gold. The standard was short and brief at the time.

Since 1984 the Biewer a' la Pom Pon, as the breed was originally known, has provided enjoyment to those which brought them into their lives. Biewers have a wonderfully sweet disposition and are the perfect family pet, whether one resides in the country or a high rise in the city.

By the year 2000, the Biewer had lost its popularitiy in Germany and the number of breeders had dwindled significantly. It wasn’t until the breed was introduced in America that its popularity revitalized. 1.

The Biewer Terrier was recognised by Dogs Australia on 3 November 2021.

Appearance

The Biewer Terrier is an elegant, longhaired, uniquely coloured toy terrier with a breed signature ponytail. The coat parts down the middle, hanging straight and evenly on both sides of the body as though a comb has been used to part it. The back is level, with height at withers being equal to height at the croup. Although the outline of the dog gives the appearance of a square, the body length is slightly longer than the overall height. The tail is set high and carried well arched over the body, covered with a long luxurious plume. 2.

Colours: The Biewer Terrier is a uniquely coloured toy terrier.

Head Colouring- Blue/Black, Gold/Tan and White in good symmetry. Any combination of the following two colours, (Blue/Black and Gold/ Tan); (Gold/ Tan and WhiteJ in good symmetry is acceptable.

Body Colouring- Hair on back is blue/black and white. Amounts of each color are of personal preference with no dominating patterns. No amount of tan hair may be found on the back, belly, chest, legs or feet. A small amount of tan hair may be found around the anus. Chest, Stomach, Legs and Tip of the Tail: White. The white from the chest should come up the neck to cover the chin. Legs are to be white from the elbows and stifles to the feet. 3.

Tail: The tail is set high when in movement carried well arched over the body in a graceful sickle curve, covered with a long luxurious plume. Plume lies to either side of the body. Length of tailbone must go to the stifles or longer. When reposed, the tail may be relaxed. A Kink in the tail is not to be faulted. 3.

Height at the shoulders is the same as the height at the croup, measuring 18-28cms, with weight being 1.8 - to 3.6kgs.
Proportion: Length of body from prosternum to ischium is longer than over all height, making the dog off square although square is acceptable. Substance- Body is fine to medium boned with a level top line. 3.

Temperament & Suitability

The Biewer Terrier is an elegant, longhaired, tri-colored toy terrier whose only purpose in life is to love and be loved. They maintain a charming, whimsical attitude well into adulthood. Carrying around a toy or two is not surprising. Although mischievous at times, they are obedient and make a loyal companion.2.

The Biewer Terrier is hypoallergenic and therefore great companions for those who typically have allergies. 4.

Intelligent, loyal and very devoted to their human family. They have a fun loving, childlike attitude that makes them a great companion for all ages. They quickly make friends with animals of any origin. 3.

Being extremely intelligent, they are easy to train, although toilet training may take a little longer. 2.

The Biewer Terrier has a long coat that requires daily brushing. There is minimal matting with the silkier coat, but the soft coats may get some mats. If you choose to keep your Biewer in a short coat, minimal grooming is needed. Good-quality products are recommended to keep the coat in its soft, silky condition. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. Beyond regular brushing, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best, again using good quality products. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly. 2.

The Biewer Terrier is a rather mellow, easy-going dog. Their playful attitudes provide them with a natural means of self-exercising, along with the time spent playing with their human families. Indoor activities could include hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Biewers are also excellent on walks, quite agile and love to go on outings. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. 2.

Health

Lifespan: up to 15 years.

Like all breeds, there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Biewer Terriers are healthy dogs. Sensitive GI systems are common in the Biewer Terrier, so they may have an occasional soft or discoloured stool. Although not life-threatening, if your dog has persistent problems with diarrhoea or discolored stools, you should take him/her to the vet immediately. The Biewer Terrier is a relatively healthy dog with no known excessive issues.  2.

References

  1. DOGS AUSTRALIA Breed Standard 

Link to Dogs Australia Breed Standard: https://dogsaustralia.org.au/members/Breed/Detail/230 

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