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Biewer Terrier

Life span: 12-15 Years

Height: 22-26 cm

Weight: 4-8 pounds

This small but athletic dog is a loving companion that enjoys playing and carrying its toys around. They are aware of anyone in their territory at all times, and will not hesitate to bark in order to let you know, but would never harm a stranger.

Physical Characteristics

The Biewer Terrier’s body is longer than it is tall, with a tail sitting high and carried over its body. Its ears are small and perky, its eyes are brown with a black or brown nose. The coat is long, straight and smooth, naturally parted through the middle of its back. Their coat is tri-colored and can be any shade of brown with white and either black, blue or a chocolate brown. Its mustache should be long and with little staining.

History

The history of this breed is partly unknown, since many of the documents submitted as official history to the Biewer Terrier Club of America have turned out to be false, and many others are in debate. What is known for certain is that in January 20th,1984, the first multi-colored puppy in a Yorkshire Terrier litter was born. The breeders Werner and Gertrude Biewer had been breeding Yorkshire Terriers for over 20 years and decided to name the gold, white and blue female puppy Schneeflocken von Friedheck, which became the first of the Biewer Terriers. Afterwards she was sold to a woman in Germany. In 1986 the breed was recognized by Allgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland of Germany. The original puppy was used as a foundation dog to produce many more like her to be registered, but many believed the registered puppies were not actually purebred dogs. When the breed was brought to the United States, the Biewer Terrier Club of America began digging into its history, finding many inconsistencies, especially regarding pedigrees. Because of this, the Biewer Terrier was the first that was proved to be purebred through scientific data instead of pedigree research. In 2014, the breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.

Personality

This breed is very affectionate with its family, and demands these reciprocate its feelings. They are playful and enjoy being around kids, even though they are better suited for older kids, as younger kids may unknowingly harm the dog. They are demanding and stubborn and can be a bit loud sometimes, especially when there are strangers in its territory. However, they would never harm strangers and will most likely become their loving selves once properly introduced. They tend to get along with other pets if introduced when young but will have a hard time adjusting if the pets are too large. Training can be a little difficult, especially housetraining, but with patience it can be accomplished.

Health

Other than having a sensitive stomach, this breed does not have any common diseases and tends to be very healthy.

Care

This breed’s coat needs daily brushing, unless you keep its coat short, in which case it might require less grooming. Just like human hair, this dog’s fur needs special products to keep it healthy and smooth. Bathing should be done occasionally, along with its teeth brushed. Nails should be trimmed regularly as well and its ears should be checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Although they are very playful, this dog does not need much exercise. Playing fetch or going on a walk will suffice. They especially like going outside on runs or long walks. In many ways they can be easy to train, however, housetraining might be a bit difficult. With enough patience, however, this can be accomplished. They also need early socialization.

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