1) Piebald Yorkie
The history and origin of the Biewer Terrier can be trace back to Mr. and Mrs. Biewer who were breeding Yorkshire Terriers for years. In January 1984, a piebald particolored Yorkshire Terrier puppy was born to Mr and Mrs Biewer. The puppy´s name was Schneeflocken von Friedheck and it was the first documented Piebald Yorkie and this little pup was the start of the Biewer Terrier breed.
2) Purebred breed
Shneeflocke von Friedheck was sold to a breeder in Germany and was used as a foundation dog of the Biewer Terrier breed, which was recognized in Germany in 1986. So the Biewer Terrier is basically the same breed as a Yorkie with the recessive Piebald gene, but they are recognized by some kennel clubs as a purebred dog, rather than just a variety of the Yorkie.
Since there is a large demand for these cute dogs, some breeders are trying to recreate this breed by crossbreeding the Yorkie with multicolored dogs, but those dogs should not be named as Biewer Terriers. When the Biewer Terrier Club of America began tracing pedigrees, they found many discrepancies, which is why it was almost impossible to recognize the breed based on its pedigree. This is a reason, why the Biewer Terrier is the first dog breed that was recognized as a breeds through scientific data rather than researching pedigrees. Today, in 2020, the Biewer Terrier is already recognized in USA, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Finland, Moldova, Poland, Croatia and some other countries.
The Biewer Terrier is tricolored dog in white, black and tan color combination. They must have all white legs, white tip of the tail, white chest and belly.
Even though, the Biewer Terrier is a small and super cute, they are not the typical toy dogs. They are terriers and they do have the typical terrier personality traits. Most of the Biewer Terriers are quite energetic and bright, loyal and devoted, playful, they love exploring and sniffing and they thrive for our companionship. Overall, this is a great companion dog for people who like outdoors and that have time for daily walks and proper playtime with their dog.
The Biewer Terrier is very bright and intelligent and they do get new commands pretty quickly. On the other hand, they are also independent dogs and they know how to be stubborn, which is definitely a good thing for hunting, but not so much for obedience training. They are not total pushovers to train and you will have to be patient and consistent when training these dogs. But with the proper trainer, they are definitely capable of learning a lot of different trick and commands.
Other than the color, these dogs have the same appearance as Yorkies and the size is similar as well. Typically, their height is between 7-11 inch, which is 17-28 cm and weight is typically between 4-8 pounds, which is 2-4 kg.
Even though there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog, since they all produce some dander and saliva, the Biewer Terrier do not shed and thanks to that, they are known for not triggering the allergies.
The Biewer Terrier coat is not the easiest for maintenance and grooming. The fur does need regular, almost daily grooming. Because of that, many owners choose to use professional grooming services and they keep the coat shorter, so the brushing and grooming is not that time consuming. Tangles can easily occur if the Biewer Terrier has long coat, which is why regular brushing is needed. The Biewer Terrier also requires frequent bathing. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
The average lifespan of the Biewer Terrier is between 13-15 years and the Biewer Terrier is a relatively healthy dog breed. Some of them can have sensitive stomach, which can cause diarrhea. Other health concerns associated with this breed include patellar luxation, portosystemic shunt and dental issues.