It has been a decade since the arrival of the Biewer Terrier to South Africa.

The past decade was not without turmoil and sadness.  So much so, that the Biewer Terrier was referred to as the “cursed breed”.  Three years after the Biewer Terrier arrived in South Africa, breeders were breeding “Parti Yorkies” and the tricolour yorkies exploded.  Breeders pretending to be loving pet owners bought Biewer Terriers to mate with their yorkies. Later on, not only the Biewer Terrier but other breeds were also introduced to achieve even more colours.  Nowadays the Parti Yorkie or exotic yorkies, as they are also referred to, are bred by the hundreds, with breeders trying to outsmart one another when it comes to coat colour. 

Having said that, I do want to mention that I was disappointed when the first Biewers arrived in South Africa in 2007. I initially thought that I was importing white Yorkshire Terriers.  These white gold and black/blue dogs were not even remotely yorkies although they resembled something of a Yorkie, bearing in mind that their ancestors were Yorkshire Terriers.

There is much speculation around the globe as to the actual ancestry of the Biewer Terrier; than factual documented history by the originators of the breed.

At this stage, I contacted various people around the globe who was willing to share information on the Biewer Terrier.  I was a member of the International Biewer Club (IBC), but soon realized this club was definitely not where I should be if I wanted to make a difference.

The Biewer Terrier Club of America (BTCA). Bless them! They educated the founding members of the Biewer Terrier Club of South Africa (BTCSA) on so many levels. We learned about Mars testing and breed specific testing. Science proved that the Biewer Terrier was NOT a white Yorkshire Terrier.

Not knowing exactly what breeds made the Biewer Terrier, we are at a little bit of a loss. We do know that the Shih Tzu is a BIG probability. A Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a medium size toy breed.  The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet.  The name Shih Tzu means “little lion”, fierce and ferocious.  An American composer James Mumsford, accurately describes the Shih Tzu, “... a dash of lion, several  teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, (and) a dash of teddy bear.”    When Biewer Terrier puppies learn to run they actually hop like bunnies. This is probably inherited from the Shih Tzu.  It is too adorable to see!  The description of the Shih Tzu could just as well have been that of the Biewer Terrier.

The study showed a BIG influence from the Hapso family, which includes Havanese, Tibetan terriers, and of course the Lhasa apso.The Tibetan terrier is a medium-size breed that originated in Tibet. Despite its name, it is not a member of the terrier group. The breed was given its English name by European travellers due to its resemblance to known terrier breeds. It is truly believed the breed started when the Werner and Gertrude Biewer had an oops litter with their pet Tibetan terrier and Yorkshire terrier. They like it so much Mrs. Biewer decided to sell her business and move to Hunsruck and start showing and raising dogs. Also 50% of Biewer Terriers smile. That is a big Tibetan trait and adored by all owners of Biewers who smile.

Early 2000 when the rest of the world found this breed, the Germans had to fill that demand and mixed anything they could. The Shih Tzu was a big influencer from the Germans.   The Lhasa apso a medium size toy breed likewise originating in Tibet, which monks used to guard the monastery grounds.  The Biewer Terrier most likely inherited some personality of the Lhasa; whimsical, always up to mischief endless performing for a laugh. They believe they are the center of the universe, have a heart of gold and bring great joy to the homes they reside in.  Absolutely adore children.

When you combine all these exceptional breed traits together in one breed you need not look further than the Biewer Terrier.    Back to my first paragraph; when breeders constantly breed the Biewer back to the Yorkshire terrier it can NOT be claimed that Biewers are bred or even call them Biewer Terriers, Biewer yorkies or say that they carry the Biewer gene.  Up to this day, the arrogance of these breeders is beyond me.

When you scrutinize the breeds which make up the Biewer Terrier you will see some of our issues.

Most of the forefathers of the Biewer were medium size toy dogs.  With selective line breeding, we were able to decrease the size of the Biewer somewhat.  This was only due to demand.  Today I don’t know if it was such a good thing.  Biewer terriers should not be compared with Yorkies and the forever demand for the smallest of the breed. Where the accepted Breed standard calls for a weight of 3,6kg I think this ought to have been up to 5kg.   Our Biewers, unfortunately, know range from as little as 1 kg.  My personal favourite size for the Biewer is approximately 2-3 kg.  I have never been keen on dogs weighing less than a 1 kg.  Although we have had many extremely small Biewers we never deliberately bred for the exceptionally small size.

You will reminisce that the Biewer Terrier is a carrier of the Piebold gene (White), which Wikipedia explains as; a piebald or pied animal is one that has a pattern of pigmented spots on an unpigmented (white) background of hair.  The spots are pigmented in shades of black and/or yellow, as determined by the genotype controlling the colour of the animal. The animal's skin underneath its coat may or may not be pigmented under the spots, but the skin in the white background is not pigmented.

Location of the pigmented spots is dependent on the migration of melanoblasts (primordial pigment cells) from the neural crest to paired bilateral locations in the skin of the early embryo. The resulting pattern appears symmetrical only if melanoblasts migrate to both locations of a pair and proliferate to the same degree in both locations. The appearance of symmetry can be obliterated if the proliferation of the melanocytes (pigment cells) within the developing spots is so great that the sizes of the spots increase to the point that some of the spots merge, leaving only small areas of the white background among the spots and at the tips of the extremities.

The grey that is sometimes visible amongst the white coat is called the ticking gene. In all probability, this gene was inherited by the Havanese.  The ticking gene affects white portions of the coat. A Parti coloured dog with this gene, in addition to his colour patches, will have matching colour flecks throughout the white coat, giving it a salt and pepper appearance. The amount of ticking can vary from a little to a lot. Dogs without this gene will have a white that stays crisp and pure. In the canine world, the term for this is "Belton".   The new MARS 4.0 now has the ability to test coat colour analysis. I personally do not like the ticking gene in the Biewer Terriers, but unfortunately, it is part of the Biewer Terrier.  You can get two puppies from the same mother and father where only one of the pups has the ticking gene.    We have attempted to breed this gene out of the Biewer terrier but as you know this can take time and an awful lot of money.  Having our dogs Mars 4.0 tested is just not feasible for the South African.  A single test cost approximately R1500.00   Hopefully, a big sponsor will come along!!

As far as health goes, I am happy to say that the Biewer Terrier appears to be extremely healthy dogs.

a.     A sensitive gastrointestinal (GI) system has been reported.  GI disorders and diseases affect a dog's stomach and intestines.  When regularly given protexin this disorder is kept to the minimum.

b.    Less than a handful of dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) was reported.   KCS is a relatively common disease of dogs that cause decreased tear production. It is most often an immune disorder in which the components of tears are available, but production is interrupted by the dog's own immune system, resulting in dry, itchy, crusty eyes.

c.    Occasionally the ear flaps may become inflamed. Just like with yeast infections, bacterial infections are mostly secondary effects of allergic reactions. They, however, can occur independently. These infections are known to be notoriously itchy and can drive the dog and the owner crazy.

d.    Occasional under or overbite.

e.    Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles of a dog fail to descend into its scrotum. It is a very common birth defect.

•    America has reported two or three cases of kidney stones.  We have not had any kidney stones reported in South Africa.

•    Liver shunts in dogs occur as a result of a birth defect (congenitally).  We have not had any reports of Porto systemic shunt (PSS) or liver shunt.  This is a condition where the normal flow of blood, to and through the liver, is markedly reduced or absent. Normally, blood returning from the puppy's digestive tract is routed to the liver through the portal vein. The blood flows through the liver and then exits the liver and joins the venous blood flowing back to the heart. A liver shunt is a blood vessel that connects the portal vein with the main systemic blood stream. This causes the blood to bypass the liver. Without adequate blood flow to the liver, the puppy's body cannot thrive.  Liver shunt has been reported in America.  We have not had any report of Liver shunt in South Africa.  Please remember that the parent dogs are all tested for liver shunt.

•    Patellar Luxation; a dislocated kneecap is one of the most prevalent knee joint abnormalities in dogs. The condition is common in the Yorkshire terrier; we have however not had severe Patellar Luxation amongst the Biewer Terriers.

I think the Biewer Terrier is still a developing breed and people need to be aware of what they are breeding. There is no guarantee on how your Biewer terrier will turn out. All we can guarantee is a healthy puppy free of hereditary deceases.  Congenital conditions can sometimes not be picked up by a veterinarian at 6 weeks when the pups receive their first inoculation. We only had one fatal congenital disorder in the 10 years.  The pup started fading at 3 months due to a congenital heart condition. We offered the owner a new puppy and we gave her a full refund.  We have achieved immense progress on the Biewer Terrier since 2007, when our first Biewer Terriers arrived at Oliver Tambo Johannesburg International.  I remember being frantic due to cargo personal taking their time to offload the 4/5-month-old pups.

There is still so much we do not know and probably never will.  All I can say is that the Biewer Terrier is the best breed ever, having bred Yorkies for more than 20 years.   Today looking back at a decade of Biewer Terrier breeding and advocating that the traits of the Biewer Terrier will disappear when Yorkshire Terriers are bred into the Biewer Terrier, I would not have changed a thing.   I am happy for every authentic Biewer Terrier owner because they experience something so unique words cannot justify.   

With heartfelt gratitude we thank the BTCA, Veterinary Genetics’ Laboratory at Onderstepoort, and sponsors over the years as well as KUSA (although we have had many issues with KUSA as still do) and most importantly the integral passion the founder members of the BTCSA approached the challenge of dedication to this extraordinary breed called the Biewer Terrier.

Although the colour of the Biewer terrier is an integral part of the Biewers appearance, it is not the qualifying factor when it comes to showing the Biewer.  For example a tan colour on the leg or too much black or too much white, a black tail with only a white mark on the tip of the tail or the yellow Biewer Terrier referred to as “Gold dust”.  Personally, I do not like connotations to describe the colour or breed like - a la pom pon or gold dust.

We have had quite a few dogs with a kink in their tail, known as a "knickschwanz" in Germany. This should not be faulted in anyway. One thing interesting is the Tibetan terrier standard actually mentions the kink in their standard.

The Breed standard as accepted around the globe makes provisions for such.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on health & welfare of the dog.   The emphasis is on the health and welfare of the Biewer Terrier.

The Biewer Terrier is the first dog in the history of dog breeding and showing to be recognized as a purebred dog due to a genetic study provided by some of the best scientists in the world. In the past meticulous records were kept and pedigree documentation.

Biewer Terrier breeders how are passionate about the breed should join the BTCSA were all the breeders are united and committed to help new breeders.

From time to time we do have Biewer Terriers priced less than the recommended prices,

don't miss out contact us.   jestineenslin@gmail.com

 

 See  pictures of our previous  puppies - click on available puppies in the menu bar and scroll down.

As in the past 8 years of breeding the Biewer Terrier we are keenly dedicated to continue developing the breed to the best of our ability.  We are members of the BTCSA and work closely with Onderstepoort where the Biewer Terrier Database is held.

   Our Biewer Terriers have been MARS Breed spesific tested over three generation with a 100% Biewer Terrier result.  We do not breed parti yorkies. 

Owing a Yorkie can be an amazing experience, owning a Biewer Terrier is the ultimate experience

 

 

 

 

BIEWER TERRIER -  Is the Biewer Terrier the newest confusing sensation of the 21st  century or is this developing new breed the ultimate toy breed?   Where does this beautiful white, blue and gold Yorkshire terrier look-alike come from?

Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had been raising and showing Yorkies for 20 years, when on January 20th, 1984 the first blue, white and gold Biewer named Schneeflocken von Friedheck was born. This was the start of what is known as the Biewer Terrier.

Mr. Biewer spent 5 years selectively breeding his dogs until he was able to establish and breed true to a standard.  The dogs were then registered as Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon with ACH. In 1989 when Mr. Biewer signed the standard for this wonderful new breed, it was that of the Yorkshire terrier with the coloring being White-Blue-Gold. Mr. Biewer was not a man of many words, so the standard was short and brief.

Mr. and Mrs. Biewer kept a close reign on the Biewer breeding programs in Germany, so their quality breeding dogs were hard to come by and quite costly.  When Mr. Biewer became ill, he was not able to carry on the dream that he and his wife had set out to accomplish for the Biewer Breed. All the decisions of their breeding program became the sole responsibility of Mrs. Biewer and the care of her husband and the dogs became too much. She slowly phased out their breeding program in order to better care for her husband.

Sadly Mrs. Biewer passed away on the 10th of October 2012.  We might never know exactly what happened in the Von Friedheck Kennel.

At Eljemelo we are proud to be taking an active part in the development of this remarkable new Breed.  We only breed true to the original standard set out by Mr. Biewer. White Blue Gold.

However we do believe wholeheartedly that the Biewer Terrier as we know them today, are not Yorkshire Terriers. Will we find the other potential breeds which may have influenced the creation of this breed?   We don’t know but scientifically it has been proven that the Biewer Terrier is not a white yorkie, or a parti-yorkie.

When I walk my Biewer Terriers nobody says “Oh I like your Yorkies”, they say “What breed of dog are they?” Also many people ask me if there is in fact a difference between the yorkies and the biewers and if i like the biewers more. I can only laugh: That's funny! I freakin LUV these biewers. They are not only beautiful, but crazy as heck, so sweet and so loving. Yes, they are different to the traditional yorkie. Be scam alert!  Tri Colour Yorkies and Parti Yorkies are NOT Biewer Terriers. 

We are members of the Biewer Terrier club of SA. Our Biewer Terrier's carry a Biewer Terrier certified ISAG DNA profile issued by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Science Onderstepoort, where the Biewer Terrier database is held.

 

 

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - "Its not hard to find a Yorkshire terrier, but if you want one that represents the breed at iets finest, you can hedge your bed by choosing your source carefully. To do that, you need to know how to tell good breeders from bad breeders, and good Yorkies from even better Yorkies." This statement was made by Dr. Caroline Coile in her excellent Yorkshire terrier handbook.

Furthermore she says;"Taking care of a Yorkie takes time, energy, countless expenses, soiled carpets and a commitment that last longer than most marriages, but in return unconditional love and companionship."

At Eljemelo Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers, yorkies,we could not have said it any better. Our passionate involvement with Yorkies started in the 1990's. Our first Yorkie Kay-Leigh was purchased for R850. This was considered an excellent price as female Yorkies were selling for R1200 at the time. Please visit Photo Galleries to view a picture of Yorkie Kay-Leigh our first female Yorkie and Boeli our first male Yorkie. (Apology, our Photo Gallery has been deleted we will soon have our yorkie pictures back under Yorkies in the menu bar.)

Yorkies adapt well to smaller living spaces and only need a moderate amount of exercise.Yorkies truly are pampered companions; love to go where you go!

Yorkies are extremely intelligent, can follow most of your conversations, impulsive, lively and brave, strong-willed and manipulating, but will give unflinching love. Yorkies can in no time have their owners well-trained! A firm favourite around the globe.

 

 

If you wish to send us an email copy paste our email address:   info@bieweryorkies.co.za if you are unable to read the anti spam code in contact us. 

Please accept my apology for this rather confusing email address.  It should have been biewerterrierandyorkshireterrier !!  way too long.

 

 

Unlike the Yorkie we were astounded by the playful character of the Biewer Terrier. Usually one experience only with puppies, but even mature Biewer terriers don’t out grow their whimsical and entertaining nature.They are unselfish, full of humor and devoted family pets or companions.  The Biewer terrier is a gentle terrier with a heart of gold, whiles Yorkies can be very fastidious.Biewers are vigilant, can occur stupid but is in fact very intelligent. They have a therapeutic effect on humans and animals thus making them a favorite therapy dog.They are not manipulators. The Biewer terrier is enthusiastic always willing to offer a paw.The Biewer terrier’s endless energy and their zest for life are amazing.  When being reprimanded they will instantly forgive you. Yorkies can stay mad for a day. The highlight of their day is taking to the streets or park to explore. They love outings! Biewer terriers are hypo-allergenic, do not loose hair and are more relaxed with children, therefor a perfect pet for younger children.They are not aggressive towards other dogs or animals, although one of their favorite things is to chase birds and to dig the occasional hole in the grass to find the noisy cricket!  We just adore them. Eljemelo heart

I have owned Yorkshire Terriers for the past 10 years and 7 months ago bought our first Biewer Terrier. I could not have made a better investment. Although similar in a lot of ways to the traditional Yorkie, the Biewer stands out from the Yorkie in many ways.They are incredibly intelligent and at times I think they can read minds. The Biewer is a constant source of entertainment and humour in our household. They are playful, attentive and loyal, yet at the same time less demanding and easier to care for and work with.They find their own niche in the family and can also entertain themselves with a favourite toy. Behind their playful appearance hides a small dog with a huge heart and a brilliant, bright mind.A better family dog and companion for my daughter, I could never have bought. I must admit that personally I will always choose a Biewer above a Yorkie, because of their funny, quirky ways and easy going natures. Our doggie has never had an off day and is a healthy, strong dog. A Biewer is the way to go and I am converted to believing that this is the ultimate, small dog breed!   Quinta Bam heart

Vir my persoonlik is ‘n biewer baie sagter en baie meer ‘compassionate’ as ‘n yorkie.  Die biewer sal met enige tipe dier probeer vriende maak, selfs ons African Grey raak heel liries oor ons Mieke….want die voel loop vry in die huis rond, en haat die yorkie en boerboel, maar kom blitsvinnig nader gedraf vir ‘n lekker speel wanneer Mienke ons Biewer Terrier in die vertrek inkom. Die biewer is ‘n lover en nie ‘n fighter nie………glad nie ‘n aggressiewe waghond of keffertjie nie. Nee wat, as ons bang is vir ‘n vreemde geluid, hardloop ons saam weg!  Linda Muller heart

After ever only having one Yorkie female at a time, we took two Biewer male puppies, brothers.  They were neutered at six months. They are the very best of friends and quite co-dependent, but each has his own personality.  They are very uncomplicated dogs to have.  They are very social and everyone is a potential friend!  They are not barkers.  They love outside and amuse themselves all day either having games with each other, the tortoise, chasing birds is the favourite and the odd digging a small hole in the grass! They love to sleep in the sand like lions! The soft toys don't last too long and squeaky toys are a big hit although the squeaky bits also don't last long! They absolutely love to play fetch with a ball and if you start this you are in for the long haul! After a long day of play they really enjoy lying in front of the gas heater in the evening and a bed or a couch are also firm favourites.  Our Biewers sleep in the kitchen at night in their baskets and only complain if you sleep in a bit and they can't get outside to play at their usual time in the morning!  Recommended completely!!   Anne-Marie Hoskins heart

Spoiled till Kingdom come !! Richard & Soraya Namibia heart

We LOVE him soooooo much. He is magic. He is like a cuddly teddy bear. He is hysterical. He just rolls on his back all the time and wants love and tickles. Even if we are in the park and a massive dog approaches he rolls over for love. Of course I grab him if there is any sign of danger.  He also LOVES kissing and we all get tons of kisses when we come home or if i have been out of sight for an hour upstairs working. Furby is also adorable. She is so well adjusted and loving. She tells secrets- if we whisper in her ear she whispers back. She is like my baby, literally I hold her like I held my children. She loves toes and playing and gives big handsome who is double her weight a run for his money. If he wakes her up she growls like a tiger!! Or if she is sleeping and Paul sneezes she goes nuts!!    Sam Behrmann  heart

 

 

Gotta luv them !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a decade since the arrival of the Biewer Terrier to South Africa.

The past decade was not without turmoil and sadness.  So much so, that the Biewer Terrier was referred to as the “cursed breed”.  Three years after the Biewer Terrier arrived in South Africa, breeders were breeding “Parti Yorkies” and the tricolour yorkies exploded.  Breeders pretending to be loving pet owners bought Biewer Terriers to mate with their yorkies. Later on, not only the Biewer Terrier but other breeds were also introduced to achieve even more colours.  Nowadays the Parti Yorkie or exotic yorkies, as they are also referred to, are bred by the hundreds, with breeders trying to outsmart one another when it comes to coat colour. 

Having said that, I do want to mention that I was disappointed when the first Biewers arrived in South Africa in 2007. I initially thought that I was importing white Yorkshire Terriers.  These white gold and black/blue dogs were not even remotely yorkies although they resembled something of a Yorkie, bearing in mind that their ancestors were Yorkshire Terriers.

There is much speculation around the globe as to the actual ancestry of the Biewer Terrier; than factual documented history by the originators of the breed.

At this stage, I contacted various people around the globe who was willing to share information on the Biewer Terrier.  I was a member of the International Biewer Club (IBC), but soon realized this club was definitely not where I should be if I wanted to make a difference.

The Biewer Terrier Club of America (BTCA). Bless them! They educated the founding members of the Biewer Terrier Club of South Africa (BTCSA) on so many levels. We learned about Mars testing and breed specific testing. Science proved that the Biewer Terrier was NOT a white Yorkshire Terrier.

Not knowing exactly what breeds made the Biewer Terrier, we are at a little bit of a loss. We do know that the Shih Tzu is a BIG probability. A Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a medium size toy breed.  The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet.  The name Shih Tzu means “little lion”, fierce and ferocious.  An American composer James Mumsford, accurately describes the Shih Tzu, “... a dash of lion, several  teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, (and) a dash of teddy bear.”    When Biewer Terrier puppies learn to run they actually hop like bunnies. This is probably inherited from the Shih Tzu.  It is too adorable to see!  The description of the Shih Tzu could just as well have been that of the Biewer Terrier.

The study showed a BIG influence from the Hapso family, which includes Havanese, Tibetan terriers, and of course the Lhasa apso.The Tibetan terrier is a medium-size breed that originated in Tibet. Despite its name, it is not a member of the terrier group. The breed was given its English name by European travellers due to its resemblance to known terrier breeds. It is truly believed the breed started when the Werner and Gertrude Biewer had an oops litter with their pet Tibetan terrier and Yorkshire terrier. They like it so much Mrs. Biewer decided to sell her business and move to Hunsruck and start showing and raising dogs. Also 50% of Biewer Terriers smile. That is a big Tibetan trait and adored by all owners of Biewers who smile.

Early 2000 when the rest of the world found this breed, the Germans had to fill that demand and mixed anything they could. The Shih Tzu was a big influencer from the Germans.   The Lhasa apso a medium size toy breed likewise originating in Tibet, which monks used to guard the monastery grounds.  The Biewer Terrier most likely inherited some personality of the Lhasa; whimsical, always up to mischief endless performing for a laugh. They believe they are the center of the universe, have a heart of gold and bring great joy to the homes they reside in.  Absolutely adore children.

When you combine all these exceptional breed traits together in one breed you need not look further than the Biewer Terrier.    Back to my first paragraph; when breeders constantly breed the Biewer back to the Yorkshire terrier it can NOT be claimed that Biewers are bred or even call them Biewer Terriers, Biewer yorkies or say that they carry the Biewer gene.  Up to this day, the arrogance of these breeders is beyond me.

When you scrutinize the breeds which make up the Biewer Terrier you will see some of our issues.

Most of the forefathers of the Biewer were medium size toy dogs.  With selective line breeding, we were able to decrease the size of the Biewer somewhat.  This was only due to demand.  Today I don’t know if it was such a good thing.  Biewer terriers should not be compared with Yorkies and the forever demand for the smallest of the breed. Where the accepted Breed standard calls for a weight of 3,6kg I think this ought to have been up to 5kg.   Our Biewers, unfortunately, know range from as little as 1 kg.  My personal favourite size for the Biewer is approximately 2-3 kg.  I have never been keen on dogs weighing less than a 1 kg.  Although we have had many extremely small Biewers we never deliberately bred for the exceptionally small size.

You will reminisce that the Biewer Terrier is a carrier of the Piebold gene (White), which Wikipedia explains as; a piebald or pied animal is one that has a pattern of pigmented spots on an unpigmented (white) background of hair.  The spots are pigmented in shades of black and/or yellow, as determined by the genotype controlling the colour of the animal. The animal's skin underneath its coat may or may not be pigmented under the spots, but the skin in the white background is not pigmented.

Location of the pigmented spots is dependent on the migration of melanoblasts (primordial pigment cells) from the neural crest to paired bilateral locations in the skin of the early embryo. The resulting pattern appears symmetrical only if melanoblasts migrate to both locations of a pair and proliferate to the same degree in both locations. The appearance of symmetry can be obliterated if the proliferation of the melanocytes (pigment cells) within the developing spots is so great that the sizes of the spots increase to the point that some of the spots merge, leaving only small areas of the white background among the spots and at the tips of the extremities.

The grey that is sometimes visible amongst the white coat is called the ticking gene. In all probability, this gene was inherited by the Havanese.  The ticking gene affects white portions of the coat. A Parti coloured dog with this gene, in addition to his colour patches, will have matching colour flecks throughout the white coat, giving it a salt and pepper appearance. The amount of ticking can vary from a little to a lot. Dogs without this gene will have a white that stays crisp and pure. In the canine world, the term for this is "Belton".   The new MARS 4.0 now has the ability to test coat colour analysis. I personally do not like the ticking gene in the Biewer Terriers, but unfortunately, it is part of the Biewer Terrier.  You can get two puppies from the same mother and father where only one of the pups has the ticking gene.    We have attempted to breed this gene out of the Biewer terrier but as you know this can take time and an awful lot of money.  Having our dogs Mars 4.0 tested is just not feasible for the South African.  A single test cost approximately R1500.00   Hopefully, a big sponsor will come along!!

As far as health goes, I am happy to say that the Biewer Terrier appears to be extremely healthy dogs.

a.     A sensitive gastrointestinal (GI) system has been reported.  GI disorders and diseases affect a dog's stomach and intestines.  When regularly given protexin this disorder is kept to the minimum.

b.    Less than a handful of dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) was reported.   KCS is a relatively common disease of dogs that cause decreased tear production. It is most often an immune disorder in which the components of tears are available, but production is interrupted by the dog's own immune system, resulting in dry, itchy, crusty eyes.

c.    Occasionally the ear flaps may become inflamed. Just like with yeast infections, bacterial infections are mostly secondary effects of allergic reactions. They, however, can occur independently. These infections are known to be notoriously itchy and can drive the dog and the owner crazy.

d.    Occasional under or overbite.

e.    Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both testicles of a dog fail to descend into its scrotum. It is a very common birth defect.

•    America has reported two or three cases of kidney stones.  We have not had any kidney stones reported in South Africa.

•    Liver shunts in dogs occur as a result of a birth defect (congenitally).  We have not had any reports of Porto systemic shunt (PSS) or liver shunt.  This is a condition where the normal flow of blood, to and through the liver, is markedly reduced or absent. Normally, blood returning from the puppy's digestive tract is routed to the liver through the portal vein. The blood flows through the liver and then exits the liver and joins the venous blood flowing back to the heart. A liver shunt is a blood vessel that connects the portal vein with the main systemic blood stream. This causes the blood to bypass the liver. Without adequate blood flow to the liver, the puppy's body cannot thrive.  Liver shunt has been reported in America.  We have not had any report of Liver shunt in South Africa.  Please remember that the parent dogs are all tested for liver shunt.

•    Patellar Luxation; a dislocated kneecap is one of the most prevalent knee joint abnormalities in dogs. The condition is common in the Yorkshire terrier; we have however not had severe Patellar Luxation amongst the Biewer Terriers.

I think the Biewer Terrier is still a developing breed and people need to be aware of what they are breeding. There is no guarantee on how your Biewer terrier will turn out. All we can guarantee is a healthy puppy free of hereditary deceases.  Congenital conditions can sometimes not be picked up by a veterinarian at 6 weeks when the pups receive their first inoculation. We only had one fatal congenital disorder in the 10 years.  The pup started fading at 3 months due to a congenital heart condition. We offered the owner a new puppy and we gave her a full refund.  We have achieved immense progress on the Biewer Terrier since 2007, when our first Biewer Terriers arrived at Oliver Tambo Johannesburg International.  I remember being frantic due to cargo personal taking their time to offload the 4/5-month-old pups.

There is still so much we do not know and probably never will.  All I can say is that the Biewer Terrier is the best breed ever, having bred Yorkies for more than 20 years.   Today looking back at a decade of Biewer Terrier breeding and advocating that the traits of the Biewer Terrier will disappear when Yorkshire Terriers are bred into the Biewer Terrier, I would not have changed a thing.   I am happy for every authentic Biewer Terrier owner because they experience something so unique words cannot justify.   

With heartfelt gratitude we thank the BTCA, Veterinary Genetics’ Laboratory at Onderstepoort, and sponsors over the years as well as KUSA (although we have had many issues with KUSA as still do) and most importantly the integral passion the founder members of the BTCSA approached the challenge of dedication to this extraordinary breed called the Biewer Terrier.

Although the colour of the Biewer terrier is an integral part of the Biewers appearance, it is not the qualifying factor when it comes to showing the Biewer.  For example a tan colour on the leg or too much black or too much white, a black tail with only a white mark on the tip of the tail or the yellow Biewer Terrier referred to as “Gold dust”.  Personally, I do not like connotations to describe the colour or breed like - a la pom pon or gold dust.

We have had quite a few dogs with a kink in their tail, known as a "knickschwanz" in Germany. This should not be faulted in anyway. One thing interesting is the Tibetan terrier standard actually mentions the kink in their standard.

The Breed standard as accepted around the globe makes provisions for such.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect on health & welfare of the dog.   The emphasis is on the health and welfare of the Biewer Terrier.

The Biewer Terrier is the first dog in the history of dog breeding and showing to be recognized as a purebred dog due to a genetic study provided by some of the best scientists in the world. In the past meticulous records were kept and pedigree documentation.

Biewer Terrier breeders how are passionate about the breed should join the BTCSA were all the breeders are united and committed to help new breeders.

From time to time we do have Biewer Terriers priced less than the recommended prices,

don't miss out contact us.   jestineenslin@gmail.com

 

 See  pictures of our previous  puppies - click on available puppies in the menu bar and scroll down.

As in the past 8 years of breeding the Biewer Terrier we are keenly dedicated to continue developing the breed to the best of our ability.  We are members of the BTCSA and work closely with Onderstepoort where the Biewer Terrier Database is held.

   Our Biewer Terriers have been MARS Breed spesific tested over three generation with a 100% Biewer Terrier result.  We do not breed parti yorkies. 

Owing a Yorkie can be an amazing experience, owning a Biewer Terrier is the ultimate experience

 

 

 

 

BIEWER TERRIER -  Is the Biewer Terrier the newest confusing sensation of the 21st  century or is this developing new breed the ultimate toy breed?   Where does this beautiful white, blue and gold Yorkshire terrier look-alike come from?

Mr. and Mrs. Biewer had been raising and showing Yorkies for 20 years, when on January 20th, 1984 the first blue, white and gold Biewer named Schneeflocken von Friedheck was born. This was the start of what is known as the Biewer Terrier.

Mr. Biewer spent 5 years selectively breeding his dogs until he was able to establish and breed true to a standard.  The dogs were then registered as Biewer Yorkshire Terrier a la Pom Pon with ACH. In 1989 when Mr. Biewer signed the standard for this wonderful new breed, it was that of the Yorkshire terrier with the coloring being White-Blue-Gold. Mr. Biewer was not a man of many words, so the standard was short and brief.

Mr. and Mrs. Biewer kept a close reign on the Biewer breeding programs in Germany, so their quality breeding dogs were hard to come by and quite costly.  When Mr. Biewer became ill, he was not able to carry on the dream that he and his wife had set out to accomplish for the Biewer Breed. All the decisions of their breeding program became the sole responsibility of Mrs. Biewer and the care of her husband and the dogs became too much. She slowly phased out their breeding program in order to better care for her husband.

Sadly Mrs. Biewer passed away on the 10th of October 2012.  We might never know exactly what happened in the Von Friedheck Kennel.

At Eljemelo we are proud to be taking an active part in the development of this remarkable new Breed.  We only breed true to the original standard set out by Mr. Biewer. White Blue Gold.

However we do believe wholeheartedly that the Biewer Terrier as we know them today, are not Yorkshire Terriers. Will we find the other potential breeds which may have influenced the creation of this breed?   We don’t know but scientifically it has been proven that the Biewer Terrier is not a white yorkie, or a parti-yorkie.

When I walk my Biewer Terriers nobody says “Oh I like your Yorkies”, they say “What breed of dog are they?” Also many people ask me if there is in fact a difference between the yorkies and the biewers and if i like the biewers more. I can only laugh: That's funny! I freakin LUV these biewers. They are not only beautiful, but crazy as heck, so sweet and so loving. Yes, they are different to the traditional yorkie. Be scam alert!  Tri Colour Yorkies and Parti Yorkies are NOT Biewer Terriers. 

We are members of the Biewer Terrier club of SA. Our Biewer Terrier's carry a Biewer Terrier certified ISAG DNA profile issued by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Science Onderstepoort, where the Biewer Terrier database is held.

 

 

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS - "Its not hard to find a Yorkshire terrier, but if you want one that represents the breed at iets finest, you can hedge your bed by choosing your source carefully. To do that, you need to know how to tell good breeders from bad breeders, and good Yorkies from even better Yorkies." This statement was made by Dr. Caroline Coile in her excellent Yorkshire terrier handbook.

Furthermore she says;"Taking care of a Yorkie takes time, energy, countless expenses, soiled carpets and a commitment that last longer than most marriages, but in return unconditional love and companionship."

At Eljemelo Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers, yorkies,we could not have said it any better. Our passionate involvement with Yorkies started in the 1990's. Our first Yorkie Kay-Leigh was purchased for R850. This was considered an excellent price as female Yorkies were selling for R1200 at the time. Please visit Photo Galleries to view a picture of Yorkie Kay-Leigh our first female Yorkie and Boeli our first male Yorkie. (Apology, our Photo Gallery has been deleted we will soon have our yorkie pictures back under Yorkies in the menu bar.)

Yorkies adapt well to smaller living spaces and only need a moderate amount of exercise.Yorkies truly are pampered companions; love to go where you go!

Yorkies are extremely intelligent, can follow most of your conversations, impulsive, lively and brave, strong-willed and manipulating, but will give unflinching love. Yorkies can in no time have their owners well-trained! A firm favourite around the globe.

 

 

If you wish to send us an email copy paste our email address:   info@bieweryorkies.co.za if you are unable to read the anti spam code in contact us. 

Please accept my apology for this rather confusing email address.  It should have been biewerterrierandyorkshireterrier !!  way too long.

 

 

Unlike the Yorkie we were astounded by the playful character of the Biewer Terrier. Usually one experience only with puppies, but even mature Biewer terriers don’t out grow their whimsical and entertaining nature.They are unselfish, full of humor and devoted family pets or companions.  The Biewer terrier is a gentle terrier with a heart of gold, whiles Yorkies can be very fastidious.Biewers are vigilant, can occur stupid but is in fact very intelligent. They have a therapeutic effect on humans and animals thus making them a favorite therapy dog.They are not manipulators. The Biewer terrier is enthusiastic always willing to offer a paw.The Biewer terrier’s endless energy and their zest for life are amazing.  When being reprimanded they will instantly forgive you. Yorkies can stay mad for a day. The highlight of their day is taking to the streets or park to explore. They love outings! Biewer terriers are hypo-allergenic, do not loose hair and are more relaxed with children, therefor a perfect pet for younger children.They are not aggressive towards other dogs or animals, although one of their favorite things is to chase birds and to dig the occasional hole in the grass to find the noisy cricket!  We just adore them. Eljemelo heart

I have owned Yorkshire Terriers for the past 10 years and 7 months ago bought our first Biewer Terrier. I could not have made a better investment. Although similar in a lot of ways to the traditional Yorkie, the Biewer stands out from the Yorkie in many ways.They are incredibly intelligent and at times I think they can read minds. The Biewer is a constant source of entertainment and humour in our household. They are playful, attentive and loyal, yet at the same time less demanding and easier to care for and work with.They find their own niche in the family and can also entertain themselves with a favourite toy. Behind their playful appearance hides a small dog with a huge heart and a brilliant, bright mind.A better family dog and companion for my daughter, I could never have bought. I must admit that personally I will always choose a Biewer above a Yorkie, because of their funny, quirky ways and easy going natures. Our doggie has never had an off day and is a healthy, strong dog. A Biewer is the way to go and I am converted to believing that this is the ultimate, small dog breed!   Quinta Bam heart

Vir my persoonlik is ‘n biewer baie sagter en baie meer ‘compassionate’ as ‘n yorkie.  Die biewer sal met enige tipe dier probeer vriende maak, selfs ons African Grey raak heel liries oor ons Mieke….want die voel loop vry in die huis rond, en haat die yorkie en boerboel, maar kom blitsvinnig nader gedraf vir ‘n lekker speel wanneer Mienke ons Biewer Terrier in die vertrek inkom. Die biewer is ‘n lover en nie ‘n fighter nie………glad nie ‘n aggressiewe waghond of keffertjie nie. Nee wat, as ons bang is vir ‘n vreemde geluid, hardloop ons saam weg!  Linda Muller heart

After ever only having one Yorkie female at a time, we took two Biewer male puppies, brothers.  They were neutered at six months. They are the very best of friends and quite co-dependent, but each has his own personality.  They are very uncomplicated dogs to have.  They are very social and everyone is a potential friend!  They are not barkers.  They love outside and amuse themselves all day either having games with each other, the tortoise, chasing birds is the favourite and the odd digging a small hole in the grass! They love to sleep in the sand like lions! The soft toys don't last too long and squeaky toys are a big hit although the squeaky bits also don't last long! They absolutely love to play fetch with a ball and if you start this you are in for the long haul! After a long day of play they really enjoy lying in front of the gas heater in the evening and a bed or a couch are also firm favourites.  Our Biewers sleep in the kitchen at night in their baskets and only complain if you sleep in a bit and they can't get outside to play at their usual time in the morning!  Recommended completely!!   Anne-Marie Hoskins heart

Spoiled till Kingdom come !! Richard & Soraya Namibia heart

We LOVE him soooooo much. He is magic. He is like a cuddly teddy bear. He is hysterical. He just rolls on his back all the time and wants love and tickles. Even if we are in the park and a massive dog approaches he rolls over for love. Of course I grab him if there is any sign of danger.  He also LOVES kissing and we all get tons of kisses when we come home or if i have been out of sight for an hour upstairs working. Furby is also adorable. She is so well adjusted and loving. She tells secrets- if we whisper in her ear she whispers back. She is like my baby, literally I hold her like I held my children. She loves toes and playing and gives big handsome who is double her weight a run for his money. If he wakes her up she growls like a tiger!! Or if she is sleeping and Paul sneezes she goes nuts!!    Sam Behrmann  heart

 

 

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