By Macy Gen Veterinary AssistantMacy Gen Last updated: 18th October 2022

Biewer Terrier


Macy Gen Veterinary Assistant Macy Gen
Last updated: 18th October 2022

Biewer Terrier is a new variety of canine breed developed in Germany from the Yorkshire Terrier. Besides a neat and compact body stature, these dogs are further characterized by long, silky hair, hanging from the middle part of their back down to the bottom, slightly rounded head, and a short muzzle. Their adorable appearance is enhanced further by a pair of, medium-sized, almond-shaped, bright eyes, small, V-shaped, hairy ears placed in an upright position and a fluffy, plumed curved tail. These small-sized breeds with an intelligent and affectionate nature are gaining immense popularity of late.

Biewer Terrier Pictures

Quick Information

PronunciationBee-vare Tee-ri-uhr
Other NamesBiewer, Biewer Yorkie, Biewer a la Pom pon, Biewer Yorkshire Terrier, Biewer Yorkie Terrier, Biewer Yorkie,  Biro Yorkshire Terrier
CoatLong, silky, straight and fine
ColorBlack, brown, golden, black and tan
GroupToy Dog, Companion Dog
Lifespan/ Life Expectancy12 to 15 years
HeightApproximately 9 inches
WeightAbout 7 pounds
Litter size2 to 5 puppies
TemperamentEnergetic, loyal, intelligent, affectionate
Good with ChildrenPreferably older ones
Competitive Registration Qualification/ InformationACA, ACHC, ABC, APRI, ACR, AKC/FSS, BBCA, BTCA, BBIR, IDCR, DRA, WRV, BCC, BYTNC, BYA

Video of a Biewer Terrier Puppy doing Tricks


The Biewer Terrier was recognized as a distinct breed altogether because of a piebald Yorkie that was born in the litter of many other puppies in the household of Werner and Gertrud Biewer on January 1984, in Germany. In fact, this puppy was accidentally born with such coloration since its Yorkie parents may have had the piebald recessive gene.

This little pup with a blue, gold and white body, named as Schneeflocken von Friedheck was amusing and attractive. Therefore Mr. and Mrs. Biewer carried on selective breeding for the purpose of designing more pups of this piebald variety, also naming these white-patched Yorkies as “Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon”. Their initiatives became successful by 2003 when they gradually introduced the Biewer Terrier to America.  These breeds were the first of their kind to be referred to as a purebred following the scientific data instead of pedigree data.

The Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland officially recognized it under the name of Biewer Yorkie in the year 1989. Presently these dogs are recognized as a breed entirely different from the Yorkshire Terrier as fixed by the BTCA (Biewer Terrier Club of America). Itwas also included as a part of the Foundation Stock Service of the AKC. The Unite Kennel Club (UKC) recognized it very recently on 1st January 2016.


Having a friendly and affectionate nature, the Biewer Terrier is quite comfortable enough to mingle.

They also possess a highly loyal and dedicated nature, loving to spend quality time with their masters and other family members.

The Biewer Terriers are at times childlike and whimsical in their behavior, loving to do a lot of amusing things like carrying a toy in his mouth.

In spite of their pleasing nature, they may sometimes be strong willed and yappy just like the Yorkshire Terrier, trying to have the upper hand over their masters.

They are wary and suspicious on seeing an unfamiliar face at the beginning, even going to the extent of warning the owner about the same. However, they gradually get along well with the stranger once they realize that he is not a threat to their household. Inappropriate socialization might make these small breeds little aggressive towards strangers.

These dogs are said to have a greater personality than their size, thus making them a little difficult while dealing with other dogs particularly the bigger ones or even cats.

Besides being perfect companions to all, especially the elderly group, this breed is ideal for homes with older children who can deal with them in a responsible way rather than the little ones who can be restless enough with them.



Though small in size, they are immensely active and energetic, requiring a brisk walk on a daily basis. If you have a fenced yard or a garden, you can leave them in the open letting them to run around or even engage them in a fetch ball game. They do well in apartments, provided they are exercised well and have ample space to move around. You can even provide them with a lot of interesting games to keep them engaged. In fact, lack of proper activity and exercise may make them prone to resorting to destructive measures like barking or throwing tantrums.


Brushing their long, silky coat on a regular basis will help to keep it free from mats and tangles. Avoid brushing them when they are fully dry since it might cause damage to the hair, rather make a mixture of water and dog conditioner and spray them before combing. You can also opt for a professional groomer to keep your Biewer Terrier in good form.

Bathe him on a weekly basis to ensure the cleanliness of his coat. Apart from this, it is essential to observe other hygiene measures such as cleaning its eyes and ears as well as brushing its teeth.

Health Problems

The Biewer Terrier is said to suffer from ailments common to the Yorkshire Terrier. Some common problems they are known to be afflicted with include luxating patella, hypoglycemia, Legge Calve Perthes syndrome, tracheal collapse and bladder stones.


Training these intelligent dogs would not be too difficult a task unless the owner is smart, witty and tactful enough to deal with his stubborn and strong willed nature.


Biewer Terrier puppies should be socialized since the beginning so that they learn to mingle well with guests and other dogs of the house. Make sure to build its rapport with people who visit your home often by asking them to carry a treat with them whenever they interact with the dog at least in the beginning. Take them to dog parks frequently and help them interact with other pups. If you have another pet puppy at home, bring them up together. Give them time to interact with one another with supervision, and be assertive enough if one gets aggressive over the other.


Teach your dog to follow the basic commands like “Stop,” “Sit,” “Pause”  “Come and “Go,” so that you can have better control over it. Treat it in a way similar to a big dog and forbid it from doing anything disapproving like displaying aggression or howling unnecessarily.


Feed your Biewer Terrier with one-fourth to half a cup of dry dog food on a daily basis. Their stomach is known to be a little sensitive. Therefore owners should take special care while fixing a diet for them. Care should even be taken to feed them at a particular time daily rather than making them wait for prolonged periods in between mealtimes since they suffer from hypoglycemia.

Interesting Facts

 Mars Veterinary created the signature for this breed on the 5th of October, 2009.

2 responses to “Biewer Terrier”

  1. Carolann Bernius says:

    My Philly is 13 mos old and I’ve had him 5 mos. He is impossible (or I am) to housetrain. He’ll pee on a pad and then poop right next to it off the pad. If I’m near him by a door, he’ll let me know he must go out…but if Im not near him, no luck. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hi Carolann,
      Since dogs usually have bowel movements about 12-15 minutes after waking up in the morning, eating, drinking, or playing, you may use these times to bring your Philly to the desired potty area. Praise him and give him treats if he goes in the right spot. If you catch your Biewer Terrier going in an area not recommended for peeing or pottying, pick him up and move him to the correct spot. Give him treats if he finishes there.

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