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Tibetan Terrier


Dog Breed - Tibiten Terrier



The very ancient breed of Tibetan Terrier originated from the desolate remote land of Tibet, high up in the Himalayan Mountains in Asia where it has developed to survive  harsh conditions of extremes of weather and terrain. They were used by the nomads to herd and guard their animals and were kept in the monasteries.  Until Dr Greig was presented with one as a present for treating a sick Tibetan, the breed was only found in Tibet however, she obtained other dogs from Tibet for breeding and brought them back to the United Kingdom in the 1920’s, thus forming the basis of the breed as we now see them worldwide.



These charming, playful and good-natured little dogs make good watchdogs, but can take some time with warming to unfamiliar people.  This dog doesn’t like to be ignored and excluded from anything making it an excellent traveling companion and as long as it is taken on interesting walks, given enough attention and offered enough fun and games, this breed will feel at home in any environment.



Height:  14-16in (35-41cm)

Weight: 18-31lb (8-14kg) 

The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog of powerful build, and square in proportion with long, abundant, straight or wavy but never curly hair with a dense undercoat. The hair falls to cover their eyes and foreface and their well-feathered tail curls up and falls forward over the back. The feet are large, flat, and round in shape.  They come in colours of gold, white, black, gray, with or without white or tan markings.   



The Tibetan Terrier's coat is quite long and they do not shed their coat, however they still do require some regular grooming of at least once a week with a pin brush and a metal comb.  If they are to be kept as pets there is no reason why they cannot be simply clipped quite short.


Life Expectancy

Approximately to 15 years.



Tibetan Terriers are known to be a relatively sturdy and healthy breed apart from hereditary diseases which should be tested for in adults such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Lens Luxation; both diseases of the eye. Diabetes is also a problem which can often be linked to particular breeding.



They require only moderate exercise and is suitable for city living.  It  perfectly fits in with a family environment where it will receive lots of attention and have plenty of children to play with and if clipped would virtually be a low maintenance, charming pet for the household. 


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Terriers; dogs in this group were bred to drive foxes, rabbits and other quarry from their underground retreats. A few in this group include Border Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and Norfolk Terrier to mention a few.




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