Tibetan Terrier

Though called a terrier, the Tibetan Terrier is not actually a part of the terrier group. They have long and sometimes shaggy looking coats on a squarely proportioned body. A soft undercoat comes under a thick and long over coat. Their medium head and floppy ears give their face a kooky and happy appearance. Feathering over their tails and legs and long eyebrows complete the look!

Country of Origin
Tibet
Colour
Comes in all colours. The coat tends to be long and a little wavy or shaggy in appearance.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Dogs and bitches should measure between 36 - 43cms and weigh around 8.2 - 13.8kgs.
Health
This breed can be very flea sensitive but otherwise tends not to have breed specific health issues. Hip dyplasia may occur when the dog over exerts itself physically.
Life Span
13-15 years
Intelligence
The Tibetan Terrier is an intelligent but sometimes stubborn breed. They will do well with firm and consistent training and need to know you are the pack leader. The deep bark of the Tibetan can become difficult and they should be taught to stop when you say it is enough!
Exercise
High
Suitability (Children)
Medium
Feeding

Tibetan Terrier's aren't fussy eaters and do well with two small meals a day! Keep an eye on them so they do not become overweight from greedy feeding.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
This is a dog with a he amount of energy, they will need at least a long walk each day and a chance to run freely to keep them happy and healthy.
Ailments
This breed can be very flea sensitive but otherwise tends not to have breed specific health issues. Hip dyplasia may occur when the dog over exerts itself physically.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The double coat of the Tibetan Terrier will require regular grooming to maintain, brushing every couple of days will be enough to remove any loose hairs or knots. Brushing is best when the coat is moisturised and problem spots tend to be around the beard, feathering on the legs, tail and stomach. Baths every week or two will be important and trimming around the ears will help prevent ear infections.

Grooming Frequency
Twice a week
Trimming
Twice a week
The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient pup that helped develop other Tibetan breeds. Even though they're called a terrier they're not actually a terrier, they started as a breed of the monks around 2000 years ago and were even considered good luck charms. The monks would not sell the dogs but did give them as gifts to those who had done good for the community, including an English Doctor. He was honoured with one of the dogs by the Dalai Llama himself and another from a patient. He loved the breed so much he went on to breed them and started a kennel in England! The dog was originally called the Lhasa Terrier, but it later changed to the Tibetan Terrier we know and love today.


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