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Biewer Terrier Coat

Updated: Nov 20, 2022

Credit: Article and Photos by Biewer Terrier Club of Canada, Inc.

The Biewer Terrier is an elegant, longhaired, toy terrier with a breed signature ponytail. It is considered to be a “single coated” breed with a “drop coat”. This means they shed less and are less allergenic than double coated breeds. The following specifications for the coat are outlined in the breed standard:

• The coat is long and flowing with a soft silky texture.

• Hair is straight without an undercoat.

• The coat parts down the middle, as though a comb has been used to part it.

• The coat hangs close to the ground, if not touching.

• The coat maybe trimmed to floor length for ease of movement.

• The head fall is tied up into a single ponytail on top of the head, hanging loosely.

• Puppy ponytails may be placed a little lower on the head to gather the short hairs.

• A bow is used for adornment.

• Topknots or rollovers are not acceptable.

• Feet are trimmed for a neat, clean appearance.

• Hair is trimmed around the anus.

• Faults: Head falls that display topknots or roll overs common to other breeds shall be so severely penalized as to be eliminated from competition.

While a Biewer Terrier’s coat is stunning and elegant, it should be brushed and combed daily. You will need a pin brush and a metal comb in order to get right down to the skin. Brushing the coat when it is dry can cause breakage, so using a conditioning spray is important. A long coat is more apt to tangle and mat than a short coat. It is important to address mats, as they will not go away on their own and can become painful. Mats can be broken up by applying a little conditioner or hair oil and gently teasing them apart with a finger. Bathing on a weekly basis is recommended, as more mats form on unclean hair and bathing also promotes healthy hair and growth.

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