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Biewer Terrier - Temperament & Personality

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Biewer Yorkshire Terrier


Biewer Terriers are a toy breed with a personality ten times larger then their tiny bodies might suggest. They love to be the center of attention and will do whatever it takes to be the star of the show. Biewers may look fragile and aloof, with their long shiny coats (often held out of their faces by bows or clips), but as with most terrier breeds, Biewers are fearless creatures, quick to posture against dogs of any size. They are good with children, make good companions for the elderly, and love to accompany people on trips outside the home, whether strutting their stuff on a leash, or being carried around like an Egyptian Queen. Because they often have no idea just how tiny they are, Biewers tend to enjoy the company of larger dogs.

Activity Requirements

Toy breeds don't need a whole lot of room to run, but even apartment Biewers should be walked regularly, to avoid becoming overweight. In a fenced-in yard they will run and play with children, but should never be left off leash, as they will chase after just about anything that catches their eye – even cars.

Though Biewers can get along swimingly with larger dogs, they should be socialized as early as possible to learn to accept new people and situations. They can be wary of strangers and once a fearless little Biewer postures, it's difficult to talk them down.


Terriers are willful little creatures and Biewers are no exception. They can be taught, but they will do it on their own time, and once they realize tricks get them attention, they will be eager to learn more. Training should involve lots and lots of positive reinforcement (they love to the be the star) and treats. Harsh handling of a Biewer can cause them to avoid behaviors all together.

Behavioral Traits

Biewers are tiny, but their bark is shrill enough to set your hair on end. They bark early and often, which makes them excellent watchdogs, but not always the best neighbors. Thick walls are important if bringing a Biewer home to an apartment building.

This dog is fearless and won't back down from a fight. While they may seem timid and even shake when startled, they absolutely will bite. While Biewers love children, kids should always be taught not to startle a dog, and new dogs should be introduced to Biewer Terriers with caution, and cats should be avoided at all costs.

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