The Biewer Yorkie: A Rare and Fancy Dog Breed

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Many people are familiar with the classic elegant of the Yorkshire terrier.  For many years these lovely dogs have been breed in both the U.K. and in the U.S. with get success.  While this dog is very common another less know terrier breed has some people talking in the canine world.  The Biewer Yorkie is a rare breed of dog that has a lot of similarities with the Yorkshire but is a different animal altogether.  While not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club, this dog sure is popular among specialty breeders and dog owners alike.  So let’s take a look at this dog and see why so many people are trying to find one for themselves.

So What Sets The Biewer Yorkie Apart From The Standard Breed?

There are several traits that set this animal apart from the standard breed.  The most notable difference is its coat. While the Yorkshire has a color pattern than can be very unpredictable, this canine has a very set color pattern that almost always occurs in the offspring.  Also, the texture of the coat feels different to the touch and is less wiry feeling.  When it comes to size, these dogs are often much smaller than the standard breed and for that reason they are kept mainly indoors as a companion animal.  Yorkshires on the other hand, where originally bred to be hunting dogs and for years they were kept outside.

So What Are Some Common Traits That These Dogs Share?

Both of these dogs have some noticeable things that make them look similar in nature.  While the color patterns are different around on the body, they are often the same color and shape.  Having similar hair types these dogs possess a hypo-allergenic quality that is highly sought after.  Because of this, these dogs are very light shedders and you won’t find clumps of hair all over your living room furniture with either of the dogs.  Age length is also about the same in both animals and they tend to live between 12 to 15 years.

So Why Isn’t This Dog Recognized By the American Kennel Club?

One reason these dogs are not recognized by the American Kennel Club is because they are a fairly new breed.  First developed in 1984, these dogs have yet to prove themselves as being a separate dog.  Another reason is its similarities with the standard breed. But there are a lot of specialty clubs that are working hard to get this animal approved, and in time maybe this animal will get the recognition it deserves.

Image via ShellVergel at Flickr.com

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