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Tibetan Terrier Information

Name Tibetan Terrier
Other Name Dokhi Apso, Tsang Apso
Origin China
Build Type Medium
Life Cycle 12-15 years
Group Non-Sporting
Character Affectionate, Amiable, Gentle, Sensitive, Energetic, Reserved
Height Male:14-16 inches
Female: 13-15 inches
Weight Male:20-25 pound
Female: 20-23 pound
Color Tri-colors, Golden, White, Black, Grey, Brindle
Average price 1500 US$


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Hypoallergenic Yes

Tibetan Terrier


Joyous and playful Tibetan Terrier can accompany its owner in every corner. The terrier is amiable and soft to family. Its bouncy instinct makes it suitable for adoption by live and energetic families. Adventurism, cheerfulness, playfulness and warm companionship contribute towards its versatility and diversity of applications. Tibetan Terrier is happy when family is happy. This is an agile breed compatible with vast varieties of lifestyle. The breed is not originally a terrier.

The Tibetan Terrier is rightly build to suit its agility. Healthy, boney and substantial square-proportioned built embraces power, stamina and bravery. Soft and wooly undercoat of this medium-sized dog is covered by a fine, long and riotous outer coat, protecting it from severe climatic and environmental conditions. Front of the skull is surrounded by long hairs extending from face through eyes, ears and upper portion. Eyes are dark brown and large. Flexible muscle of legs and flat feet enhance the ability to operate on different terrains. Its stride is flawless, free and full of ease with good approaches. The overall expression is alert, smart and pleasant breed.

The Tibetan Terrier, as name is evident, belongs to Tibetan mountains and said to be the oldest breed. The breed is not originally a terrier, it has played vital role in generation of some other Tibetan breeds like Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel. Monks had used this dog as watchdog in lamaseries about 2000 years ago. Dalai Lama presented two puppies of this sacred breed to Dr. A.R.H Greig, an English women working in India, in recognition of her services in Tibetan area. Through India, these dogs were brought to England by Dr. Greig, initially these dogs were recognized as Lhasa Terriers, however in 1930 Indian Kennel Club changed its name as Tibetan Terriers and standard was established. The breed was introduced to USA in 1956 and recognized by AKC in 1973. The breed is natural watchdog but enjoys the agility of applications including companion and competitive obedience.


The Tibetan Terries urge for human friendship and want physical interaction. They are cheerful and fun-loving dogs, ever ready to amuse the family. They display great regards and respect to owner and his family, remain polite with children and playful with other pets. Their instinct of protection is much strong, ideal for watchdog besides its tendency of friendship thereby classified as low level watchdog. They are sensitive enough to observe odd smells, sounds and suspicious movements in their territory and will inform the owner by barking. They bark in loud shout that the intruder would be surprised about its size. They not only concern with personnel protection, but serves as the watchdog of property as well. Nevertheless the case, they are not violent.

Tibetan Terrier does not like just wandering around, but tends to circle around its men. They are happy when engaged or applied on any task, leaving without activity or just leaving alone is a source of boredom and ennui. Keeping busy either in farmyard or out at fields, will make the dog lively. Tibetan Terriers are crazy to accompany the owner on hills, markets, parks or just long walks. Such activities readily serve as the exercise of dog. Their tendency of mutual play with other animals including other dogs is always appreciated by their owners. They can find any of the buddies from your pet list to play freely and joyously.

To suit your lifestyle and bring harmony among all pets at your home, always socialize your dogs at early stages of their age. The Tibetan Terrier is extremely good responsive towards its training and willing to learn new things. It is important to keep in mind that puppyhood time of Tibetan Terrier is a time frame to mould the dog exactly according to your priorities. Plan and follow committed training with staggered activities and new adventurous tasks. Experiences proved that dogs develop positive temperaments amongst them when brought up together. Children should be taught handling of pets at home.

Owner Should Know

  1. Young toddlers should be governed always, besides polite behavior of Tibetan Terrier.
  2. Grooming is needed for this breed, brushing and combing should be done twice a week and bathing should be done one a month at least.
  3. They are not excessive barkers, they will only bark when any suspect is detected, do not ignore their alarm.
  4. They afford all livings as well as their exercise requirements are met.
  5. They are family bonded and need human interactions, do not leave them alone for long durations.
  6. Exercise requirements are not tough, a yard for play is enough, or go for 15 minutes walk twice a day, that would prove enough.
  7. They are easy to train and will response reward based training very well.
  8. Tibetan Terriers are said to be the escape artists, they can climb up a tree, or jump over a small fence or dig down. Always supervise outdoor activities and keep them busy.
  9. Tibetan Terriers do not have serious health issues, however they should be monitored for any eyes or skin diseases along with hip dysplasia.
  10. Tibetan Terrier breed is much suited for personnel having dog allergies.
  11. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders to get healthy puppies, ensure the puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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