biewer terrier breed information
common health issues
The Biewer Terrier is a color variation of the Yorkshire Terrier. Biewer Terriers originated in Hunstruck, Germany, in 1984. Werner and Gertrude Biewer were avid Yorkshire Terrier breeders, and they began purposely breeding some of their stock in which a recessive piebald gene occurred. The result was a blue, white, and gold dog which they named the Biewer Terrier. This color combination is not accepted by the American Kennel Club, so at this time, Biewer Terriers cannot show as part of the Yorkie breed, nor on their own.
Yorkies were historically a working breed, used for catching rats in clothing mills. They are now a perfect example of a toy breed and generally enjoy a life of ease. Like most terrier breeds, they are bold and brave, which sometimes gets them into trouble with larger breed dogs.
Biewers make a great addition to a single-person home, as well as a home with children, provided the children are taught how to handle a small dog. They are capable of growing a long, luxurious hair coat and therefore must be brushed and groomed often. However, they shed rarely, and so they are considered a good choice for people with allergies. Yorkies are full of energy and benefit from at least a little bit of exercise each day.
Energy aside, Biewers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Biewars are prone to include joint conditions such as medial patellar luxation; eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia and cataracts; liver issues such as portosystemic shunts; and developmental problems such as cryptorchidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Biewar inherits his mom’s bad eyes or his dad’s bad knees, you’re covered.