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  • Temperament: Intelligent, Devoted, Amusing
  • Height: 7-11 inches
  • Weight: 4-8 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 16 years
  • Group: Toy Group

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Biewer Terrier standing in profile on a white background.
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Two Biewer Terriers side by side, one sitting and one lying.
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Biewer Terrier lying in three-quarter view.
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Biewer Terrier running through grass outdoors.
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Biewer Terrier standing on a small log outdoors.
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Biewer Terrier standing in the grass.
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Biewer Terrier sitting in a field of dandelions.
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Biewer Terrier running in the grass with a ball.
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Three Biewer Terrier puppies laying down side by side.
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Find a Puppy: Biewer Terrier

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About the Biewer Terrier

The Biewer Terrier, pronounced beaver like the little dam-building animals, is a dedicated, loyal family member and a friend to all they meet. It is not uncommon to be met with a smile from this happy-go-lucky dog. Although not a constant barker, they will alert you to company. With a larger than life personality, their lighthearted, childlike whimsical attitude will keep you entertained for hours. In spite of their small stature, Biewer are hearty and athletic, able to keep up with the best of them on long walks, hikes or competing in the agility ring.

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country. The Biewer Terrier Club of America has been designated the AKC Parent Club to represent the Biewer Terrier. Those interested in adoption can connect with the Biewer Terrier Rescue Association.
Three Biewer Terrier puppies laying down side by side.
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Find a Puppy: Biewer Terrier

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The Biewer Terrier may have a sensitive GI system and should be fed a low-protein, well-balanced diet. Kibble is recommended as canned food increases plaque build-up. If you notice your dog chewing on his feet and scratching a lot, change his food to a lamb or fish base. For the most part, you can free feed your Biewer, but if you notice weight gain, pick up that food and feed them 2 to 3 times per day. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


The Biewer Terrier has a long coat that requires daily brushing. There is minimal matting with the silkier coat, but the soft coats may get some mats. If you choose to keep your Biewer in a short coat, minimal grooming is needed. Good-quality products are recommended to keep the coat in its soft, silky condition.

Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. Beyond regular brushing, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best, again using good quality products. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
2-3 Times a Week Brushing




The Biewer Terrier is a rather mellow, easy-going dog. Their playful attitudes provide them with a natural means of self-exercising, along with the time spent playing with their human families. Indoor activities could include hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Biewers are also excellent on walks, quite agile and love to go on outings. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity


The Biewer’s dedication and loyalty make them the perfect family pet. Having a fun-loving, childlike attitude makes them a great companion for people of all ages and able to make friends with animals of any origin. Being extremely intelligent, they are easy to train, although potty training may take a little longer.


May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Eager to Please




Like all breeds, there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Biewer Terriers are healthy dogs. Sensitive GI systems are common in the Biewer Terrier, so they may have an occasional soft or discolored stool. Although not life-threatening, if your dog has persistent problems with diarrhea or discolored stools, you should take him/her to the vet immediately.

Recommended Health Test From Parent Club:

The Biewer Terrier is a relatively healthy dog, with no known excessive issues. That being said, we recommend the following tests for dogs before breeding.

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • PLL DNA Test

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

Biewer Terrier sitting facing forward.
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Biewer Terrier standing stacked on a table with handler behind.
Two Biewer Terriers lounging on a couch at home.
Biewer Terrier enjoying the sunshine outdoors.
Biewer Terrier puppy sitting in three-quarter view.
Young Biewer Terriers sitting together outdoors.


The heritage of the Biewer Terrier has been an interesting and much discussed topic over the years. It started with Mr. and Mrs. Biewer, who instead of having children, bred, raised, sold, and showed Yorkshire Terriers. They had a very large and successful breeding program throughout the 1970s and into the ’80s. By 1981, their enthusiasm for showing the standard Yorkshire Terriers tapered off.

The first documented black, white and tan puppy born was Schneeflockchen von Friedheck on January 20, 1984. Three months later, another black, white and tan puppy was born named Schneeman. These puppies were unique and rare, as they possessed the recessive piebald gene, a gene not usually found in Yorkies. During a visit one day, their vet and friend, Dr. Bardeleben, suggested they name the dogs after Mrs. Biewer. They chuckled as they contemplated the name, “Gertrud Biewer Yorkshire Terrier.” After much consideration, they found the “Biewer Yorkshire Terrier” to be a more suitable name. Documentation shows that both of these puppies were sold to the famous German singer, Margot Eskens, who suggested adding “a la Pom Pon” to their name. The Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon made its actual public debut in 1986.

The demand was hard to meet for these exclusive dogs, as the Biewer family did not produce many Biewer-type dogs and they were very selective where their dogs were placed. Many breeders tried to replicate the “Biewer Dog” by mixing other breeds together. It wasn’t long before Mr. Biewer became ill and was unable to help Mrs. Biewer carry on the dream they had set out to accomplish for the Biewer breed. Sadly, Mrs. Biewer soon phased out their breeding program in order to better care for her husband during his illness.

Did You Know?

The Biewer Terrier was recognized by the AKC in January 2021 and is the club's 197th breed.
The Biewer Terrier is commonly referred to as a Biewer or BT.
The breed's original name was German Yorkshire Terrier.
The Biewer Terrier was assigned to the Toy Group in April, 2014.
On October 5, 2009, Mars Veterinary created the Biewer Terrier breed signature after conducting an extensive genetic study.
The Biewer Terrier was the first breed to be recognized as a breed of its own (purebred) using advancements in science rather than the traditional process of pedigree documentation.
Biewer Terriers are born black, white and tan.
Biewer is the surname of the breed's originators, Gertrud and Werner.
The Biewer Terrier had been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since April 2014.
Biewer Terrier is pronounced exactly like the animal - beaver.
The Biewer Terrier had been approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class since July 3, 2019.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black Tan & White Check Mark For Standard Color 030
Blue Tan & White Check Mark For Standard Color 291
Chocolate Tan & White 270
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