Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Biewer Yorkshire Terrier; Biewer Yorkie; Biewer Yorkshire a la Pom Pon; Biewer á la Pom Pon
The Biewer originated in Hunsruck, Germany in 1984 when Werner and Gertrude Biewer saw that one of their Yorkshire Terrier offspring was born with very attractive white markings. Through research, they discovered that a recessive piebald gene occurred in their Yorkshire Terriers, and after 5 years of selective breeding, the Biewer's named these dogs "Biewer Yorkshire a la Pom Pon." The Biewer was introduced in the United States and many other countries in 2003.
The debate over whether the Biewer and the Biewer Terrier are separate and distinct breeds is heated, with each dog having its own breed clubs. (For educational purposes we have created separate pages for each on RightPet.) We won't take sides. We'll just note that the Biewer is indeed a beautiful companion dog for owners looking for something a little different. If you are already familiar with Yorkies or other small terriers, that's certainly a bonus.
The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) accepted the Biewer as a rare breed in 2008, to be shown in the Toy Companion Group. The Biewer also is accepted in the International All Breed Club Association (IABCA) and North American Kennel Club (NAKC) rare breed dog shows.
Appearance / health:
The Biewer is a small, longhaired dog. Except the eyes, nose and the forehead, the Biewer has long hairs covering the entire body. The length of the body is slightly more than its height. The head is small and flat. The muzzle is short with a black nose. The eyes are medium in size. The triangular, erect ears are set high on the head.
The Biewer does not shed much. The coat being long and furry requires regular combing and bathing. A weekly combing with a wire comb and a bath every couple of weeks helps to keep the coat healthy.
The Biewer is generally healthy but some dogs may be prone to eye disorders, luxating patella (dislocation of the kneecap leading to limping or crippling), and portosystemic shunt (abnormal blood vessel formation in/near the liver preventing blood from reaching the liver leading to neurological problems).
Behavior / temperament:
Biewers love human company, and cannot do without their owners for too long. They tend to snap when surprised, frightened, or teased. They are territorial by nature. Biewers make good watchdogs.
The breed is clever and easy to train.
The Biewer tends to be noisy and barks often. However, adequate training, socialization, and exercise will help to reduce this tendency.
charismatic, beautiful little breed, friendly little lap, Biewer Sweetest disposition
young children, jealous behaviors, daily grooming, small fragile body
pack leader skills, terrier attitude, true terrier heritage
A Rare Breed With A Wonderful Personality
The Biewer is an extremely rare breed, so I was happy to get my hands on one when the opportunity presented itself. The Biewer is a great dog to own. The breed loves to speak up and let its voice be heard, somewhat like the Yorkshire Terrier, but not nearly as often. My dog Nola is a wonderful fit and one of my favorite pets of all time. She was as soft as a cotton ball and gentle as a lamb.
The breed has thick hair and sheds pretty often, but much less than your average dog breed. Her coat is easy to maintain and she's easy on anyone who has allergies. I've had friends who are allergic to dogs come over and visit, and they've never had a problem being around Nola or even petting her.
She's an open dog who loves an open world to explore. I had another dog in the house named London, a Yorkiepoo, when Nola first moved in and Nola immediately started barking to assert her dominance. The two dogs would often (much to my horror) mark their territory all over the house, and it was a terrible chore to pick up after them. Biewers have a jealous reputation that preceeds them and I found out why from the moment she walked in. If she sees me pet another dog, she immediately comes my way and demands the same treatment. She'll bark when she feels threatened and is the bosslady of the house. That jealous nature means that the dog may have to be trained by itself instead of in the company of others.
All in all, the Biewer is a wonderful breed that makes for a perfect house pet. Pets are like children, you never want to choose your favorite, but if I had to choose, Nola is definitely in the conversation. I love the breed so much, I'm thinking of buying another..
From DaeMolyneux Apr 30 2015 11:11AM
Living with Biewers
Biewers seem oblivious of their small size. They are very eager for adventure. This little dog is highly energetic, brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, the Biewer is a wonderful companion! Affectionate with their master, but if humans are not this dog’s pack leader, they can become suspicious of strangers and aggressive to strange dogs and small animals.
They can also become yappy, as the dog does their best to tell you what THEY want YOU to do. They have a true terrier heritage and need someone who understands how to be their leader. They are often only recommended for older, considerate children, simply because they are so small, most people allow them to get away with behaviors no dog should display. This changes the dog’s temperament, as the dog starts to take over the house (Small Dog Syndrome).
Biewers who become demanding and dependant appearing to need a lot of human attention and/or developing jealous behaviors, snapping if surprised, frightened or over-teased, have owners who need to rethink how they are treating the dog. Owners who do not instinctually meet the dog’s needs can also find them to become over-protective, and become neurotic. Biewers are easy to train, although they can sometimes be stubborn if owners do not set the proper boundaries. They can be difficult to housebreak.
The Biewer is an excellent watchdog. When owners display pack leadership to the Biewer, they are very sweet and loving and can be trusted with children. The problems only arise when owners, because of the dogs cute little size, allow them to take over the house. The human will not even realize it, but if you have any of the negative behaviors listed above, it’s time to look into your pack leader skills. These are truly sweet little dogs who need owners who understand how to give them gentle leadership. If you own a Biewer who does not display any of the negative behaviors, high five for being a good pack leader!
The Biewer is elegant and self-assured with confidence. A sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve man as a companion. They are lively, determined and playful. They are quick to learn with consistent training but can be stubborn. They are brave and generally get along well with other household pets.
They will always alert you to strangers and because of its active personality but small fragile body is not recommended pets for a busy household or very young children. They get very attached to their human family and may become very unhappy if left alone for long periods of time. The Biewer has a need to constantly be in the presence of its owner. Because the dog will follow its owner from room to room, owners often find they have to look before they step.
Their agility also means that they will leap on and off beds and couches several times their own height, presenting a risk of injury. They will insist on sleeping directly next to their owners at night. The Biewer is highly sensitive to its owner’s moods and will know they are about to be left alone even before you reach for your keys..
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