Tibetan Terrier Breed Summary
Adaptable, Loving, Gentle and Humorous
These dogs have wonderful personalities and are known for being incredibly lively and playful. They are totally loyal and devoted to their 'hooman' families. Additionally, they are a very calm and gentle breed and also very adaptable dog which makes them compatible to most home types, whether you live in an apartment or a mansion!
They were bred originally to herd flocks of sheep as well as guarding monasteries in the Himalayan Mountain Region. Additionally, they have grown to become a fairly well-known dog across a lot of the world, though are fairly rare to come by as only a few numbers of puppies are born each year.
Fun Fact: They were (and still are!) considered to be good luck charms!
|Kennel Club Group||Non-Sporting|
|Lifespan||12 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||14in - 17in|
|Weight||18lb - 30lb|
|Coat||Double coat Consisting of a Fine, Woolly Undercoat and Fine, Thick, Profuse, Long Top Coat; Either Straight or Wavy|
|Color||Black, Black & Tan, Black & White, Black White & Tan, Black with White Chest, Chocolate, Chocolate & White, Cream, Cream & White, Dark Sable, Gold, Gold & White, Gold Sable, Gold Sable & White, Red Sable, Sable, Sable & White, Tricolor, White, White & Black, White & Gold, White & Gold Sable, White & Sable|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (rcd4), PRA3, Primary lens luxation (PLL), Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL), Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Allergies|
|Other Names||TT, Tsang Apso, Dokhi Apso|
Bred to be companions, Tibetan Terriers are paw-fect family pets. They love being around their ‘hoomans’ and sharing lots of cuddles as well as being highly adaptable to a variety of homes and lifestyles. Although they are very cute, both in nature and looks, it’s worth noting that their coats will require daily grooming, in order to keep these guys happy and healthy. They are fairly reserved with strangers, so if you have friends or extended family coming around a lot, try to socialize them as young as possible, so they get used to new people being around. However, just because they are reserved with new people, doesn’t make them very good guard dogs! Remember, these guys were bred for companionship and don’t have an authoritative bone in their bodies! They’re incredibly humorous and will make adoring family dogs.
These long-haired dogs come from the harsh environment of Tibet, often referred to as the ‘Roof of the world’. They were originally raised by Buddhist monks and were considered to bring good luck to their land. It was for this reason that these dogs were never sold, in fear of ‘selling luck’ and instead were given as gifts in exchange for favors or services to officials. It’s thought that one of these dogs actually saved someone’s life, after being given as a gift! The woman saved then went on to be a huge fan of the breed and started the first breeding program of its kind.
Interestingly, Tibetan Terriers are not true terriers, neither displaying physical or mental attributes of the breed group. Tibetan Terriers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973.