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Tibetan Terrier

Bred to be a loyal companion and watchdog, the Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed that has been associated with Buddhist monasteries where the monks gave these dogs as gifts to attract good luck. They are a joy to own, as these affectionate and smart little dogs love being with their people and can adapt to different homes and lifestyles.

Since they are profusely coated, they have a shaggy look and bear a close resemblance with the smaller breed, the Lhasa Apso. A discerning feature of this breed is their flat ‘snowshoe’ feet that protect them in snowy climates of their homeland. They usually thrive in the company of other dogs and pets and are ideally suited for homes with older children.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Dokhi Apso, Tsang Apso, Holy Dog of Tibet
  • Colors:White, brindle, black, tri-color, piebald, golden, gray
  • Life Expectancy:12-15 years
  • Height:14-16 inches
  • Weight:18-30 pounds
  • Temperament:Sensitive, energetic, gentle, reserved
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:High
  • Hypoallergenic:Yes
  • Litter Size:6-7 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate to high
  • Health Problems:Hip dysplasia, lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy
  • Trainability:Quite easy
  • Origin:Tibet
Tibetan Terrier Dog
Tibetan Terrier Puppy

Tibetan Terrier’s History: A Timeline

    1st century

    Legend has it that the first Tibetan Terriers occurred some 2000 years ago. They were kept as herding dogs, watchdogs, mascots, and good luck charms in Tibet


    The first TT (a female pup named Bunti) was brought to Europe by Dr. A.R.H. Greig. She acquired a male puppy and started breeding them once both the dogs became sexually matured


    The first litter of TTs was born, and the breed was named Lhasa Terrier


    Its name was changed to Tibetan Terrier by the Kennel Club of India (KCI)


    It was first brought to the US by Mrs. Alice Murphy and Dr. Henry


    1973: Recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Full Grown Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terrier Images


Tibetan Terriers are fairly energetic dogs that need regular exercise. They love to go out for a walk with their people, be it hiking up a mountain or simply walking around the block.

Therefore, to keep your dog happy, you may take it out for a couple of 15-20-minute walks or a single long walk every day. You can also channelize its energy by making it compete in agility, rally, and obedience trials.

The Tibetan Terrier requires a lot of maintenance, as it has a long double coat, with a soft to slightly harsh, woolly undercoat and a wavy or straight topcoat. Therefore, you need to brush its coat at least thrice a week to avoid tangles. Some of the grooming tools you will need include a greyhound comb, a pin brush, a spray bottle, and ear powder.

As you brush its hair, make sure to mist its coat with a mixture of conditioner and water. To remove any tangles or mats, you will need to brush its coat downward. Apply ear powder before plucking excess hair in its ears and trimming the hair between its footpads.

These dogs have evolved in a harsh, challenging environment in their homeland where the traditional home-cooked food would include meat broth and easily digestible gruel. Therefore, it is best to give your TT food that has real ingredients. As far as commercial dog food is concerned, Hill’s Science Diet and Purina Pro Plan are among the best brands you can trust for your Tibetan Terrier.

They are independent-minded dogs that are quick to learn. You will find training your TT is quite easy with positive reinforcement, involving food rewards, praise, and play. Clicker-training is another method that both you and your pup will enjoy.

Housetraining will take time, but you need to be patient in your approach and give your TT lots of opportunities and a regular schedule to potty outdoors. Do not forget to praise your dog when it does so correctly.

Tibetan Terrier Size
Tibet Terrier

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