Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies are both purebred dogs which originate from the Yorkshire Terrier line. Both breeds look very similar to Yorkies, and Biewers and Parti Yorkies also look very similar to each other. Yet Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers are different breeds with distinct lineage, colors, coats, markings, and American Kennel Club registration.
The following will explore the similarities and differences between the breeds Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies and how they are different to Yorkshire Terriers.
Table of Contents
- What is a Biewer Terrier?
- What is a Parti Yorkie?
- What is the Difference Between Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies?
- What is the Difference Between Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers?
- Where Do Biewer Terriers Originate From?
- Are Biewer Terriers recognized by the American Kennel Club?
- Are Biewer Terriers Bigger Than Parti Yorkies?
- Are Biewer Terriers the Same Color as Parti Yorkies?
- Do Biewer Terriers Have the Same Coat as Parti Yorkies?
- Do Biewer Terriers Have a Better Temperament Than Parti Yorkies?
- Do Biewer Terriers Make Good Pets?
- Are Biewer Terriers or Parti Yorkies Better?
What is a Biewer Terrier?
A Biewer Terrier (pronounced like beaver) is a toy terrier dog which closely resembles a Yorkshire Terrier. This is because they originate from the Yorkshire Terrier line but are recognized as their own breed which was bred in Germany in the 1980s. Their long, silky coats are made up of three color variations – black, blue, white, tan, and chocolate.
What is a Parti Yorkie?
Parti Yorkies are a line of Yorkshire Terriers, but what makes them distinct from the standard breed is their coloring. Yorkshire Terrier coats must be two colors – black, blue, tan, or gold. Parti Yorkies have tri-colored coats, made up of black, white, and tan. Parti Yorkies can also come in rare variations such as blonde or golden, chocolate, or merle.
What is the Difference Between Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies?
It can be hard to tell the difference between a Biewer Terrier and Parti Yorkie on first glance. They have the same long, silky coat and often come in the same color variation of black, white, and tan. They also have a similar size, shape, and features, and in some cases can look identical.
Yet Biewer Terriers come from their own German line and so there are differences in temperament to traditional Yorkies, and they are a little longer than Parti Yorkies. A key way to tell the difference is that Yorkshire Terriers have docked tails, whereas Biewers have full length tails.
What is the Difference Between Biewer Terriers and Yorkshire Terriers?
Biewers are recognized as a distinct breed separate from Yorkshire Terriers, and not just as a variation of them. The difference between Biewers and Yorkies is that Yorkies come in the set standard color variations and cannot have white patches, whereas Biewers come in a variety of colors and often feature white – as with Parti Yorkies.
Where Do Biewer Terriers Originate From?
Biewer Terriers do originate from the Yorkshire Terrier line but are their own unique pure breed. A genetic study was used to determine the breed in 2007 and found that Biewers are made up of Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, and Bichon Frise. They are named after the Biewer family in Germany who bred Yorkies and bred the first Biewer.
Are Biewer Terriers recognized by the American Kennel Club?
It was not until 2021 that the American Kennel Club recognized Biewer Terriers as a registered pedigree breed distinct from the Yorkshire Terrier. Until this point Biewer Terriers would have to be registered as Parti Yorkies. Parti Yorkshire Terriers were accepted by the Americal Kennel Club in 2000.
Are Biewer Terriers Bigger Than Parti Yorkies?
Biewer Terriers are toy terriers just like Yorkies, and are perfect as lapdogs. Yet Biewers are slightly taller than Yorkies. Yorkshire Terriers have a height of around 7 inches and usually weigh around 7 pounds. Biewer Terriers range in height from 7-11 inches and in weight from 4-8 pounds.
To distinguish a Biewer from a Parti Yorkie, remember that Biewers are often a little bit taller.
Are Biewer Terriers the Same Color as Parti Yorkies?
Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies often have the same tri-colored coats. Their coloring is usually a combination of black, blue, tan, white, and chocolate. Though Parti Yorkies also come in rare variations of completely golden or with dappled merle coats. These colorings are what distinguishes these breeds from the traditional Yorkshire Terrier.
Do Biewer Terriers Have the Same Coat as Parti Yorkies?
Biewers and Parti Yorkies have the same kind of coat as traditional Yorkshire Terriers. They have a long, silky coat similar in texture to human hair. This luxurious, smooth silk coat is what many love about the Yorkie breed. The coat is hypoallergenic, and they rarely shed, making these dogs suitable for many owners with allergies.
Do Biewer Terriers Have a Better Temperament Than Parti Yorkies?
As they originate from Yorkshire Terriers, both Biewers and Parti Yorkies have a similar temperament to Yorkies. They are loving, affectionate, intelligent dogs. They are great companions and eager to please their owners.
The main difference is that Yorkies and Parti Yorkies are more stubborn, bolder, and louder than Biewers. As they were bred to be hunting dogs, these tiny terriers still maintain a lot of these traits and are very protective of their owners.
Biewer Terriers tend to get along with people and other dogs more easily, they are less aggressive and dominant than Yorkshire Terriers, and they do not bark excessively.
Do Biewer Terriers Make Good Pets?
Biewer Terriers make great pets for many reasons:
- Their hypoallergenic, low shedding coat makes them suitable for owners with allergies.
- Their small size means they are suited to smaller living situations such as apartments.
- They get along with other animals and small children and they enjoy playing, so they make great family pets.
- They make wonderful companions and lapdogs due to their affectionate and loyal nature.
- They are very intelligent and so are easy to train, and as they are less stubborn than traditional Yorkies they can be trained more easily.
Are Biewer Terriers or Parti Yorkies Better?
Biewer Terriers and Parti Yorkies look extremely similar in their coloring, coat, and size. They are both derived from Yorkshire Terriers and so have similar characteristics such as being affectionate, loyal, energetic, intelligent dogs. They are great family pets and loving companions. They both have hypoallergenic coats and rarely shed.
If deciding between a Biewer and a Parti Yorkie, it would come down to personal preference between wanting a Yorkie breed or a different breed.