Tibetan Terrier

Bred in the mountainous terrain of Tibet, this ancient breed of dog was originally used for herding flocks of goats and sheep. This sturdy animal was bred to survive the harsh climatic conditions of their homeland which can vary between raging blizzards and blasting sand storms. Their unique round, flat feet are specifically designed to act as snow-shoes to help it get about during the winter.


Average lifespan
The Tibetan Terrier can live up to 18 years of age.

Average size and weight
36cm to 41cm
8kg to 14kg

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Despite its name, the Tibetan Terrier boasts few of the true terrier characteristics. Their high level of intelligence makes for a sensitive dog which can sometimes result in stubbornness. However, given plenty of love and firm training, these loyal dogs will quickly become a valued companion. Their natural guarding instinct makes them a wonderful watchdog that remains alert but does not bark unnecessarily

Compatibility with other pets
Being extremely adaptable, the Tibetan Terrier is happy to mingle with other dogs of all shapes and sizes. While adults are not generally tolerant of cats, they can be taught to live in harmony if introduced to each other from an early age.

Care requirements
As a puppy, its coat is extremely easy to look after and requires a weekly brush with a pin-type brush. These sessions are not only an ideal way to spend time together, they will also be an important part of teaching the young pup to enjoy the grooming process which becomes more frequent once they reach adulthood. The adult coat will appear sometime between 12 to 18 months of age and will require a thorough brushing every couple of days. A minimum amount of daily exercise is also required to help keep it healthy and happy.

Decision time

Ideal owners
With an even disposition and friendly, loyal nature, Tibetan Terriers make excellent family pets. They are wonderfully tolerant and devoted to children and are ideal pets for those looking for a gentle, faithful companion.

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