Welcome to the Biewer Breed Club
All Biewer lovers are welcomed, whether you're a breeder, pet owner and just an admirer. South Africans can now also enjoy the beauty and elegance of the Biewer. The Biewer Breed Club is committed to protect and promote this beautiful companion breed, by exclusively breeding Biewer to Biewer.
Our aim is to nurture communication between the club's members so that we can share our lives with this remarkable versatile and spirited little breed. We are developing a strong and loyal membership base where we work together in education and development of the Biewer breed according to the breed standard set forth by Mr. W Biewer.
Please browse through our website and read more about the history and origins, breed standard, nutrition, grooming and breeding that relates to the beautiful Biewer breed. If you are interested in buying a Biewer puppy, please read through the information on the site or contact us directly for more information.
Personality/Temperament: The Biewer is elegant and self-assured with confidence. A sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve man as a companion. They are lively, determined and playful. They are quick to learn with consistent training but can be stubborn. They are brave and generally get along well with other household pets.
They will always alert you to strangers and because of its active personality but small fragile body is not recommended pets for a busy household or very young children. They get very attached to their human family and may become very unhappy if left alone for long periods of time. The Biewer has a need to constantly be in the presence of its owner. Because the dog will follow its owner from room to room, owners often find they have to look before they step.
Their agility also means that they will leap on and off beds and couches several times their own height, presenting a risk of injury. They will insist on sleeping directly next to their owners at night. The Biewer is highly sensitive to its owner's moods and will know they are about to be left alone even before you reach for your keys.
Function: Companion Toy Dog
Appearance: Small, compact and well-proportioned body. Erect ears with a long silky coat. Alert, active and intelligent.
Coat: Hair on body moderately long, glossy with a fine silky texture 3/4 down the body to floor-length.
Color: The head must have three colours: black/blue, white and gold, in good symmetry. Only black/blue and white are allowed on the body with no color except white below the elbow on the legs with the white tip on the tail.
Grooming: Very demanding. Biewers need daily grooming by brushing and weekly baths. The hair is kept out of the eyes by a top knot. The hair on the ears should be trimmed and loose hair removed from the ear canal.
Compatibility: When correctly trained and handled, the Biewer generally gets along with other animals. If not well socialized, they can become aggressive and possessive of their owners.
Living space: The Biewer is ideally suited for a flat or small home.
Exercise: Need daily walks or vigorous playtime.
Suitability as watchdog: Excellent. They are very alert and will let you know when there is someone at the door.
Noise factor: They can be noisy and may whine when left alone for long periods of time.
Feeding: Only feed a high quality dog food and stick to one brand. They do not tolerate changing their diet every now and then and can have a sensitive digestive system. Do not feed from the table, they spoil easily and can be difficult to retrain to a dog food only diet. All dogs should be fed a species appropriate diet for carnivores.
Health: The Biewer is generally healthy and strong if cared for correctly. They do need to have their teeth checked at about 8 months of age as they may retain some of their puppy teeth. It is not recommended to walk a Biewer with a collar around its neck as their trachea's may be fragile. A harness should be used instead. Indiscriminate and unethical breeding may result in numerous health issues.
Availability: Purebred Biewers are rare and breeding-quality dogs even more so. Be prepared to wait for well-bred puppies and the waiting lists at some oversees breeders may be as long as three years. Contact CanineSA for reputable breeders or click here to contact us.
A few notes to buyers:
- It is very important to see the dam with her puppies and, if possible, the sire as well.
- Ask for previous buyers' references and check them. Were they happy with the puppy? Does their puppy have any health problems, etc?
- A Biewer puppy should never be separated from its mother and siblings before the age of 10 weeks. They mature more slowly than other breeds and only learn behaviour like Bite Inhibition from their mother and siblings between the ages of 8 to 10 weeks.
- Where are the puppies registered? Be aware of unreputable registries.
- Research the breed and the breeder before buying and visit the breeder as often as you can.
- Remember that all puppies are cute, but some may not grow into the dog you had in mind when you bought the puppy.
- Some bloodlines are best avoided as there may be genetic health issues.
- Never place a deposit on a puppy before you have seen it personally.
- Ask the breeder for a health guarantee and get a health certificate from a qualified veterinarian stating that the puppy is in good health. A good health guarantee covers the dog for the duration of his/her life.
What does a beautiful Biewer look like?