Tibetan Terrier Facts
- Non Sporting
- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 14" - 17"
- 18-30 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The Tibetan Terrier originated in Tibet.
Date Of Origin
There is evidence that this breed developed over 2,000 years ago.
The Tibetan terrier is an ancient breed traced back two thousand years. It was originally used to guard Tibetan monasteries in the Lost Valley, as well as for herding and as a companion. Highly valued by the monks as a holy symbol, it was never sold, only given as a gift. Belying its name, it is not actually a terrier. It is likely the fore father of the Lhasa Apso. It first made its way to the West when an English doctor was given several Tibetan terriers, which she raised in India and later England. The first Tibetan terrier was brought to the U.S. in 1956.
The Tibetan terrier is a medium size, powerful dog that is squarely built. Its skull and muzzle are equal in length. The ears are pendent and V-shaped. It has distinctive feet: they are large, flat and round, providing a snow shoe effect. The tail is of medium length. It is double coated, with a soft, woolly under coat and heave, long, wavy or straight outer coat. It is heavily coated on the feet, tail, face, and ears. It can be any color or combination of colors.
The Tibetan terrier is wary and reserved with strangers, but loyal and affectionate with its family. It is both intelligent and good natured and gets along with most everyone once it meets them, including children and other animals.
This breed is mostly considered a companion dog however it has a deep, effective bark that makes it an excellent watchdog.
Lens luxation, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, PRA.
This is an adaptable dog that does well in most living environments. It does require extensive and frequent professional grooming.
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