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Is the Biewer Terrier right for you?

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The basics:
These dogs were first from developed from piebald Yorkshire Terriers in Germany in the 1980s and have since been distributed around the world. The debate over whether the Biewer Terrier and the Biewer 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.)

Due to the controversy over whether the Biewer Terrier was a distinct breed or a variety of Yorkshire Terrier, the Biewer Terrier Club of America submitted 30 different lineages to an in-depth study of the 39 chromosomes and even a detailed gene study of some of these chromosomes. As a result, in 2009 the geneticist working with the BTCA released the news that they had developed a breed signature for the purebred Biewer Terrier.

Regardless of where you stand on the science behind this breed, the Biewer Terrier is undoubtedly a beautiful small companion with its lovely long coat and its bold spirit. If you do have experience with Yorkies or any small terriers, it's a bonus in training and socializing your pet. If you are not interested in showing your dog, the controversy over the lineage is unimportant. However, if you do want to show your Biewer Terrier, you may need to take special care about selecting the right dog from a recognized breeder.

The American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) accepted the Biewer Terrier as a rare breed in Jan, 2008, to be shown in the Toy Companion Group. The Biewer Terrier also is accepted in the International All Breed Club Association (IABCA) and North American Kennel Club (NAKC) rare breed dog shows. The standard posted on the BTCA, Inc. web site is the only standard accepted for the breed by Mrs. Gertrud Biewer, co-originator of the breed. This is the standard set by the IABCA, the largest show venue that allows rare breeds.

Appearance / health:
General Appearance is that of an elegant longhaired tri colored toy terrier with the hair parting down the middle and hanging straight and evenly on both sides of the dog, as though a comb had been used to part the hair from the nose to the end of the body. The back is level, with height at shoulders being equal to height of the rump. Although the outline of the dog gives the appearance of a square, the body length can be slightly longer than the over all height. The tail is carried high over the body in a teacup handle fashion and covered with a long flowing plume.

The Biewer Terrier head is slightly rounded with a moderate stop. The muzzle is approximately one-third the length of the head. Bite can be level or scissor bite. Nose is to be completely black. Eyes are medium sized and either round or almond shaped, with an intelligent expression looking straight ahead. The rims are dark in color. Ears are small, V shaped, upright, moderately wide set and covered with hair. They are set to the back of the skull and their base is level with the eyes. Tips should be shaved.

The dog's body is fine to medium boned with a good level top line. Height at the shoulders is the same as the height at the rump. Length of the body can be slightly longer than the height of the dog. The chest comes to the elbows with a good width. The rib cage is moderately sprung with the underline being slightly tucked up and a short but strong loin.

Front legs must be absolutely straight, muscular and covered with hair. Hind legs are straight when viewed from behind and stifles are slightly bent when viewed from the side. Feet are as round as possible, with white or black nails.

Tail is carried high over the body in a teacup handle fashion and covered with a long flowing plume. Length must go to the stifles or longer.
The Biewer Terrier 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.

They require moderate exercise. Play sessions and daily walks are sufficient to keep the Biewer Terrier healthy.

The Biewer Terrier is generally healthy but some dogs may be prone to sensitive stomachs and may develop colitis easily. As with any small breed, portosystemic shunts may be present. (abnormal blood vessel formation in/near the liver preventing blood from reaching the liver leading to neurological problems).

Behavior / temperament:
The Biewer Terrier is quickly working its way into the hearts of people everywhere. With its lighthearted, whimsical; child like attitude, this tri-colored toy terrier is gaining popularity with dog lovers everywhere. Although every dog has his own unique and special personality, as a breed, the Biewer Terrier is confident, happy, fun loving and even tempered.

The breed is clever and easy to train.

Generally speaking, Biewer Terriers are not noisy or especially difficult in any particular way. However, adequate training, socialization, and exercise must be maintain for a well behaved pet.

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