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Tibetan Terrier Breed Profile

Tibetan Terrier
This ancient breed of dog is the forefather of the Lhasa Apso and the Shih-Tzu and was bred by Tibetan monks. Recent DNA analysis has proved that this dog is one of the few original ancient breeds.

Other Names:
Temple dog, Dhoki Apso, TTs

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Origin: Tibet

Breed Purpose: Bred to herd flocks, guard and as a companion dog.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Both 35-41cm.

Weight: Both 8.5-13.6kg.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Exercise Needs: This is a dog with great strength and stamina. The breed evolved to work in inhospitable conditions and over rough terrain. They need plenty of outdoor exercise and do very well at agility and other canine sports.

Feeding Needs: This breed thrives on a natural home prepared diet. Adhere to the recommended quantities to prevent obesity.

Common Ailments: Cataracts and other eye diseases. The Tibetan Terrier is allergic to fleas. In general this is a hardy dog that thrives in cold weather.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of this dog is one of strength and beauty. The head is solid and is in good proportion to the body. The eyes are large, set well apart and are dark brown in colour. The Tibetan Terrier has exceptionally good eyesight. The ears are v-shaped, pendant and lie close to the head. They are heavily feathered. The muzzle is strong with a small beard on the lower jaw. The body is square shaped, compact and muscular. The tail is set high, carried curled over the back and is heavily feathered. The Tibetan Terrier’s most distinctive feature is its coat. The topcoat is long, flat and thick. The texture is much the same as human hair. The undercoat is thick, warm and woolly. This weather resistant undercoat keeps the dog warm even in freezing conditions. The hair is profuse even on the head where it falls over the eyes. This dog has extra long eyelashes that keep the hair out of its eyes. The coat comes in all colours except liver, and can be tri colour, brindle, piebald or any solid colour. Another unique feature to this dog is its feet. The Tibetan Terrier has broad, flat, feet which enabled the dog to herd the flocks over snow covered mountains. The dog’s feet act as natural snow shoes. No other dog in the world has such sensible feet as the Tibetan Terrier!

Tibetan Terrier K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Tibetan Terrier is not a true terrier but belongs more to the herding dog group.

It was mistakenly described as a terrier by the first Europeans that saw the dog in Tibet. The name was never corrected.

This dog is considered to be holy by the Tibetan Monks and was often given to important people as a gift to bring good luck.

The Tibetan Terrier is loyal, intelligent, and brave. It is extremely affectionate and sensitive and loves to be at the heart of family life.

The Tibetan Terrier is generally not good with younger children but does become attached to older ones. This dog is easy to train if it has been well-socialised from an early age.

This dog’s bark is deep and is likened to a rising siren. To keep on good terms with the neighbours the dog must be trained to stop barking on command.

The Tibetan Terrier would suit any family that is fun loving and can give this wonderful dog the exercise and training it needs.

The Tibetan Terrier is possibly a little too boisterous for the elderly but would suit any active single person or family.
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