Tibetan Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The Tibetan Terrier was bred by monks in Tibet more than 2,000 years ago. These dogs were valuable because it was believed that its owner will always have good luck in any endeavor. So monks of Tibet never sell Tibetan Terriers, but they gave them as a gift to important personalities. Original name was Lhasa Terrier, but then it was changed to Tibetan Terrier. In the 30's of the last century the breed was recognized in England and 20 years later was imported in the US.

Physical characteristics

This dog looks like a miniature version of the Bobtail. Male representatives of the breed reach 43 cm in height and weigh 10-13 kg, females are high about 36 to 40 cm and weigh 8-11 kg. A height over 43 cm and under 36 cm is considered a great defect. Head is not very large, with a short snout and black nose. Eyes are large and dark brown in color. Ears are V-shaped and dropping. Fur on the head shapes a mustache and beard. Tail is covered with beautiful long hair. Coat on the head is long and almost entirely, sometimes completely, covers eyes. Hind feet of the Tibetan Terrier are slightly longer than front. An extra toes on front paws can be removed at discretion of veterinarian. Fur has two layers - the bottom is soft and fluffy, and the top is long hairs that are straight or light waves. Eligible are several coat colors - white, golden, beige, gray, black, tri-color or two-color, not allowing a chocolate brown color.

Character and behavior

Devoted, friendly and loyal, this little dog does not belong to group of terriers, despite its name. It is witty and playful, full of energy, but can also be gentle and obedient. It is agile and loves to climb, so it is necessary to provide it with a secure and safe site for games and exercises. It loves regular walks and likes snow. This Terrier loves its family, wants to play with them and is not suitable pet for people who has little spare time. It is cheerful, friendly and adaptable.

Training and education

The Tibetan Terrier is a smart but very willful. It will immediately understand what is required of it, but whether it will execute a command depends on its mood. It is not recommended to apply physical punishment for a failure to execute command, as it may completely refuse to obey. Training of a Tibetan Terrier can begin after third month, but in the beginning is not recommended to spend more than ten minutes a day for it. Gradually the complexity of commands and training time should increase.

Health problems

The Tibetan Terrier is too sensitive to insect bites, including fleas, and can show a serious allergy. Among the health problems are also hip dysplasia and retinal atrophy. It can suffer from ear infections too. Life expectancy is about 15 years.

Grooming and care

Fur of the Tibetan Terrier should be brushed each day, otherwise it will be very hard to fix and locks should be cut. This reflects on beauty of hair. It is not recommended to brush dry hair, because it tends to frizz. It is therefore recommended to comb it after slightly sprayed it with water mixed with a few drops of hair conditioner for dogs. When brushing, do not miss chin and back of hind legs. The Tibetan Terrier needs a bath once a week, and hair between pads of paws should be cut. Although it is not a very active dog, you must walk it out for a long time. Outside, the Tibetan Terrier transforms completely and becomes a playful dog that has a huge reserve of energy. Always walk it on a leash, as it can chase a cat or other animal and get lost. It may show aggression towards large dogs, which could end badly for your pet.

Children and other pets

Sometimes the Tibetan Terrier is timid and shy, so early socialization is very important to build confidence and stability in character. It barks when it senses danger and is wary of strangers, which makes it an effective watchdog. It gets along well with other animals.

Interesting facts

In 20's of the last century, the British doctor Agnes Craig received several of these interesting dogs and brought them home. She created the first kennel club of the breed and started to offer puppies for sale in the UK.