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The Biewer Terrier is a rare purebred dog created from the appearance of a recessive piebald gene in two Yorkshire Terriers. These dogs are friendly, playful and energetic, which are some of their best qualities. Biewer Terriers, pronounced as “beaver”, are also known by the names Biewer à la Pom Pon, Biewer Yorkie or Biewer Yorkshire. You can find Biewer Terrier dogs in shelters and rescues, so remember to adopt! Because these energetic and lovable pups are small in stature, they are ideal for those who live in apartments or homes with or without a backyard. They fit well in a wide range of households, from single, elderly people to families with children. Biewer Terriers make excellent companion pets and generally get along well with children and other pets, although they can be quite active and have a tendency to be noisy, especially with strangers and unfamiliar dogs.
Biewer Terriers have a piebald coloration, which means they have irregular patches of color. Their coloring usually includes white or blue-white patches on the white coat on the chest, legs and underparts. Their faces usually have black and tan coloration. Biewer Terriers can be a bit “whiny” and do not adapt quickly to strangers, although with proper socialization training they can be adequate watchdogs. These dogs adapt very well to most living situations and do well in apartments or large homes. The Biewer Terrier is considered hypoallergenic and is fairly easy to groom, although if you let the coat grow too long, you will need to follow up with daily brushing. Although Biewer Terriers tend to get along quite well with children, they are small and can be easily injured during play. It is important that children be instructed on how to play safely with small dogs. Supervision is essential.
The Biewer Terrier originated in Hunstruck, Germany, on January 20, 1984, after Gertrud and Werner Biewer bred two Yorkshire Terriers with recessive piebald genes. Both Gertrud and Werner Biewer were passionate Yorkshire Terrier lovers who bred them for 20 years, and only stumbled upon the Biewer Terrier breed after noticing the recessive piebald gene their Yorkshires inherited. In Germany, the Biewer Terrier breed lost popularity in 2000 and the number of breeders decreased considerably. However, the breed enjoyed renewed popularity once these dogs were brought to America. A few years later, in 2014, the American Kennel Club (AKC) included the Biewer Terrier in its Foundation Stock Service. In 2021, the AKC recognized the Biewer Terrier as a full and pure breed in the Toy Group. If you are interested in this wonderful breed, consider adoption by checking with local shelters or breed-specific rescues, because all dogs deserve a loving home.
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