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Tibetan Terrier

WEIGHT: 18 to 30 lbs
HEIGHT: 15 to 16 inches
COLOR(S): All colors and mixes approved.
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The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized, squarely proportioned dog that looks more like a sheepdog than a terrier. The double coat protects the entire dog, even falling in front of the dark, large, widely spaced eyes. The Tibetan Terrier is an appealing, shaggy little dog. It is devoted to its family and is excellent with older, considerate children. It is persistent and resourceful. Some of the breed’s talents include: watchdogging, agility and competitive obedience.


The Tibetan Terrier is a sweet, gentle and loving dog. It is brave, intelligent, and likes to bark; it makes a particularly good watchdog. This dog is reserved with strangers, but very dedicated to its owner. It doesn’t like to be left alone. It is lively, mild, and fun, but can be a bit willful. Generally it gets along with other pets if well socialized at a young age. It will try to dominate other dogs. The Tibetan Terrier has great agility as well as endurance. This breed has lots of energy and should have regular opportunities to run. It is easy to train but needs a calm, equal manner as it is sensitive to sounds and will react to the tone of your voice.


Soft, woolly undercoat; long, fine outer coat that can be straight or wavy. This breed requires an extensive amount of grooming and should be brushed every 2-3 days to remove loose hair and prevent tangles. Never brush a dry coat; mist it with conditioner and water to ease brushing. This dog should be given regular baths, once or twice a week. If the dog is not going to be shown, it can be clipped short, especially in the summer. The Tibetan Terrier sheds little to no hair; it is good for allergy sufferers when its coat is kept very well groomed.


Hip dysplasia, lens luxation, hypothyroidism, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and eye diseases.


The Tibetan Terrier requires daily regular exercise in the form of a long walk or play session. They are suited for apartment living provided they are given sufficient exercise. Tibetan Terriers are energetic and strong and do very well in agility. They are excellent hiking companions and enjoy a vigorous run in a securely fenced yard or safe open space.


Tibetan Terriers are easy to train but need a calm, equal manner as they are sensitive to sounds and will react to the the tone of your voice. Learning Rate: High. Obedience - Low. Problem Solving - Medium. Although intelligent, the Tibetan Terrier is not prone to obeying much as other dogs.

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