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Another vanity breed that is simply the encouragement of traits disallowed by the Yorkshire Terrier standard (namely parti-colors and dogs with white).  Far too easy and common for breeders to claim that their poorly bred or Yorkie crosses are actually Biewers.  Always ask to see proof of German registry as that is the only registry currently available.

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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: about 8.5 inches
Weight: about 7 pounds Longevity: into the teens precluding other health issues
Colors: blue/black over body, head symmetrical white/blue/gold, white on chest Coat type: no undercoat, long, silky and straight
Recognized Registries: BCCI
Overall Appearance: Compact and neat terrier with striking coat and color. Attitude should be of a strong and even bold dog with great energy and enthusiasm.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: generally good
  with Children: depends on the children
  with other pets: generally genial but proper socialization and secure environment required
  with dogs: generally good, must be supervised with larger dogs in general
Socialization requirements: relatively high if only because fanciers' tend to indulge them to the point that they are unsocialized, and fearful of anything unfamiliar
Ideal home characteristics: one that can maximize time with this charming companion
Temperament Notes: very terrier-like; intelligent, entertaining, and a bit more independence than some other Toy breeds
Training requirement: moderate - easier to live with if properly trained but so small that most termperment issues can (and are often) managed by owners who don't know better and just carry them everywhere
Trainer notes:

High energy and desire to please as well as play, make the Biewer a remarkable training partner.  Time will tell if it will join the ranks of other similar dogs in becoming a regular part of training classes and competitions.

Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1989
Country of Origin: Germany
Original Function: mutation of Toy Breed - Yorkshire Terrier
History: Developed by Mr. Biewer who was taken by the appearance of white on his puppies. Disqualifying fault for Yorkshire Terriers, he began to breed for the characteristic white chest and feet.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: poor pigmentation of eyes, eye rims or nose; bite that is over or undershot; non-erect or docked ear; hair that is not straight
Health Notes: liver shunt disease is a concern; refer to health registry for more information
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
Web Sites:

Code of Ethics for Members of Biewer Breed Club International (BBCI)


Other Resources
Breed standard:

Breed Standard for the Biewer as per the BBCI.

Breeder Ethics:

Code of Conduct above is for breeders and members.  No additional specific responsibilities are included for breeders.  The BBCI Health Registry offers additional information on the health of the breed and possible issues that should be explored with the breeder.

Other: As of 2008, the BBCI lacks any reference to rescue.  No doubt, they are confident that their breed is too uncommon to justify such a need.  Nevertheless, it would be reassuring to see that members/breeders who are so enthused about organizing and breeding would also prepare for the eventuality of a dog with health problems, etc. that was abandoned and in need of assistance.
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