I’d be happy to have my biography be the stories of my dogs. To me, to live without dogs would mean accepting a form of blindness.
– Thomas McGuane
The Biewer (pronounced like Diva with a “B”) is a recent and accidental creation.
He first made his surprise appearance in 1984 when two German Yorkshire Terriers, Darling and Fru Fru, were bred and produced a tri-colour puppy. The puppy was named “Schneeflocken”, German for “Snowflake”. It is believed that the white markings resulted from a recessive piebald gene present in the breeding pair.
The breeders, Gertrude Biewer and Mr. and Mrs. Werner, decided to continue to breed for this particular colouring and spent the next five years stabilizing the breed.
Mr. and Mrs. Biewer developed a standard for the new breed which was first recognized in Europe in 1989. The first of the bred to be shown in Canada was shown in Ontario in 2006.
Photos displayed courtesy of Farrah Nadon, Farra, Ontario
The Biewer stands up to 22 cm (8.6 inches) tall at the shoulder and weighs about 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds). He has long, silky, straight and shiny hair that reaches down to the ground. The coat is tri-coloured: white, black or blue, and gold. His long hair will require daily grooming.
His small size befits his principal role as a companion, making him the perfect pet for seniors, apartment dwellers, and those living in urban areas or accommodation not typically dog friendly.
This little dog has charm and personality to spare! His twinkling eyes and intelligent expression endear him to all he meets. A confident, happy, animated companion, he fits in well with a family unit. Biewers are elegant, affectionate, and playful little dogs with sweet dispositions.
As a typical terrier, he is loyal, adventurous, and alert to everything that goes on around him. He’s an excellent watch dog. It should be remembered that though his personality is big, this is a small dog who really doesn’t know he’s small. He is not built for rough housing with very young children.
As with all dogs, early training and socialization are the key to a well balanced animal. He’ll easily wind you around his little paws but don’t spoil him. You will both be happier!
CKC Breed Standard
No breed standard available