The Biewer Terrier, also known as Biewer à la Pom Pon, Biewer Yorkie, or Biewer Yorkshire, is a relatively new breed that originated in Germany in 1984. The first documented black, white and tan Biewer puppy was born on on January 20, 1984 and was named Schneeflockchen von Friedheck. The breed was created by Werner and Gertrud Biewer, German breeders who developed it from two Yorkshire Terriers. These dogs had a recessive piebald gene that led to a white, blue, and black coat, distinguishing them from the traditional Yorkie. Initially, the Biewers showed their dogs as Yorkshire Terriers, but the coloration led to a new breed standard and the birth of the Biewer Terrier
Biewer Terriers can suffer from degenerative myelopathy and progressive rod-cone degeneration. Genetic testing for conditions such as patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (LCPD), primary lens luxation, hyperuricosuria can assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.
Biewer Terriers are known for their affectionate and lively disposition. They are playful, outgoing, and enjoy being the center of attention. Biewers are sociable with other animals and people, making them ideal pets for families. However, their small size makes them more suitable for households with older children who understand how to handle them gently. They can be a bit stubborn, so firm, consistent training is necessary. Despite their small size, Biewers are known to be good watchdogs, always alert and ready to announce strangers.
"Biewer" is pronounced exactly like the word "beaver", as in the little creatures that build dams in waterways.
According to the AKC, the breed's original name was German Yorkshire Terrier. They were assigned to the AKC's Toy Group in April of 2014.