The Biewer Terrier (pronounced "bee-vare") originated in Germany during the 1980s as a piebald genetic recessive occurrence from the breeding of Yorkshire Terriers. A particular litter in Germany produced a piebald Yorkie puppy that marked the beginning of breeding a line of tri-colored Yorkshires. Today, Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers are considered two different breeds even though one directly descended from the other.
Elegant and long-haired, the Biewer is very similar in appearance to the Yorkshire Terrier aside from their coloration. Both breeds have a fine, silky, and smooth coat that hangs evenly and straight down the side of the body. However, the coat of the Biewer Terrier comes in one distinct color called tri-color which consists of blue or black, gold or tan, and white. Being a small toy-sized breed, their body should be very compact and neat. The fur, when grown out, is long enough to reach the ground and is absolutely straight without an undercoat. Biewers have dark, round or almond-shaped eyes, V-shaped ears that stand erect, and a short muzzle with a black nose. Their tail is generally carried well arched over the lower back.
Alert, courageous, and loyal, Biewer Terriers have a large dog personality that does not seem to fit their small frame. They are eager to please, very affectionate towards their humans, and love to be the star of the show. Like many toy breeds, Biewers are prone to developing small dog syndrome, where they become more dependent on the owner, form excessive barking habits, and may develop jealous behavior if not curbed from an early age. With early obedience training and consistency, you should have no trouble training this sweet little dog. They fit into a variety of households but tend to do better with a family that has older children who know how to correctly handle such a small and fragile animal. The compact size of the breed is a great fit for individuals that live in apartments since they only require daily walks or active playtime. Although having a slightly different appearance, Biewer Terriers share many of the same lovable characteristics from the Yorkie but these beautiful dogs stand out by having their own unique personalities.