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The Biewer terrier is a relatively new breed. In fact, it is still not considered a fully fledge breed in some countries. Although it has been recognised by the American Kennel Club, it is not yet registered with the Kennel Club. It has a beautiful hypoallergenic hair that needs to be professionally groomed. This breed is not your typical lapdog.
Are you thinking of getting a Biewer terrier? Here is a brief background of this piebald terrier dog with a silky and lush hair.
The Biewer terrier originally descended from the Yorkshire terrier as a result of a piebald puppy born in 1984 in Germany. This accidental occurrence inspired breeders Werner and Gertrud Biewer to have a selective breeding programme that aimed to produce a separate breed. It was originally called the ‘Bierwer Yorkshire Terriers a la Pom Pom’ and was officially recognised in 1989 by the llgemeiner Club der Hundefreunde Deutschland.
Some enthusiasts only consider the Biewer a piebald Yorkie, whilst others even deem it a fault. In 2003, the Biewer has won the hearts of America. It was recognised by the American Kennel Club and since breed standards have already been set in the US, breeders are encouraged not to cross the two terrier breeds. In the UK, it is not yet registered with the Kennel Club.
The Biewer terrier is a charming toy dog that boasts a lush, silky hair. A tiny dog by nature, it weighs 4–8 pounds and stands no more than 22 centimetres at the withers. It has slightly round head, short and neat muzzle, square jaws with a perfect scissor bite, and a long neck. It has medium, almond-shaped eyes that exude intelligence and hairy, v-shaped ears. It has a compact body, which is longer than it is tall.
Like the Yorkie, its long and flowing coat is its crowning glory. It is not only silky and luxurious, but it is also really soft. The long hair on its head is usually tied up in a knot. It comes in these colour combinations: black and white with gold and tan, blue and white with gold and tan, and white with blue or black top lines. Unlike most dogs, its hair grows the way human hair does, which is why it is hypoallergenic and virtually does not shed.
Maintaining its lush hair comes with a price. To keep it neat and free from tangles and mats, daily brushing is needed. It also needs to be professionally groomed because its hair continuously grows throughout the year. Owners that do not show their pooches and prefer shorter hair may trim and clip its hair to make it more manageable.
The Biewer is prone to dental problems, so make sure to start brushing its teeth whilst it’s still a puppy and provide chew toys. To complete its grooming regimen, trim its nails, clean its ears, and inspect its skin for red spots and bumps.
Don’t let its cute appearance and tiny size fool you, the Biewer terrier is not your typical calm and gentle toy dog. Loyal and affectionate to its family, it can be indifferent and cautious towards people it does not know. This is the reason why it needs to be taught early that people outside the household don’t necessarily have bad intentions.
The Biewer is intelligent and trainable but has a tendency to be strong-willed, and like most terrier types, it can be a bit yappy. It is important to establish your role as a pack leader early on. It is also a clever dog that will use its cute appearance to manipulate you into getting what it wants. Terrier breeds have a reputation of being demanding and challenging to live with, not to mention difficult to house-train. However, patience, consistency, and training can help raise a well-behaved and enjoyable Biewer.
The Biewer is not recommended for timid first-time owners or families with toddlers. It is better off with people that can handle its tenacious nature and older children that are more mature and know how to interact with tiny dogs. It can get along with other pets if they grow up together. However, it could not be completely trusted with smaller animals because of its high prey drive. Since it isn’t aware of its small stature, supervise interactions with bigger dogs.
Breeds have certain predisposed characteristics in terms of temperament and intelligence. However, a lot of aspects contribute in developing its overall unique character such as genetics, environment, and socialisation.
A typical serving for an adult Biewer terrier is 1/2–3/4 cup of excellent-quality dry dog food per day. As a breed that easily puts on weight, make sure you measure its food and divide it into two meals.
Typical calorie needs of an adult Biewer terrier per day:
The Biewer terrier should be fed high-quality dog food for small-breed dogs that meets the high-energy needs of active dogs. Like all breeds, the main ingredient should be high-quality meat (chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb). Since the Biewer has sensitive skin, it is better for it to have a gluten-free diet. Don’t forget to include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids for coat health. Consult a trusted vet to know the best food and supplements for your pooch.
Biewer terrier is generally healthy but prone to hereditary health issues. This includes anaesthesia sensitivity, skin allergies, hypoglycaemia, luxating patella, malocclusions, hypoplasia of dens, distichiae, portosystemic shunt, and Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome.
This breed is particularly active inside the home, so thirty minutes’ worth of exercise would suffice. It will enjoy running around a fenced yard or playing games with you. Even though it is an apartment dog, it is important for it to let off steam daily to avoid unwanted behaviours such as being destructive and excessive barking.
The Biewer Terrier is a rare breed in the UK so you’re most likely be put on a waiting list to get one. Expect to pay more than £1,000 for a well-bred pedigree puppy from a KC-registered breeder.
Basic supplies and equipment like leashes, collars, beds, crates, food bowls and toys cost around £200. Allot £600 to £700 a year for routine check-ups and preventive care. You also have to factor in professional grooming services to maintain your dog’s beautiful coat. The price depends on your location and the services you will avail of.
With this pricey dog, you must consider getting pet insurance that costs £20 to £40 a month to have a safety net in case of health emergencies.
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