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Tibetan Terrier

TibetanTerrier

A Lively Companion

Amiable, Loyal, Playful

Tibetan Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Tibetan Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. 

Some behaviors make the Tibetan Terriers and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:12-16" Weight:18-30 lbs Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Tibetan Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They are also a sure-footed hiking companion and will also excel at agility, rally and obedience.

Grooming: Frequent brushing and regular trimming is recommended to keep their long shaggy coat mat free. 

Dental: Tibetan Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Tibetan Terriers are good-natured and adaptable. With proper exercise and a confident leader, she is an affectionate and charming family companion.

Positive Traits:

• Lively, with a friendly personality

• Energetic, active, and athletic

• Good watchdog with a loud bark

• Good with children and other pets

• Easily motivated and trainable

• Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Negative Traits:

• Prone to boredom and separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors

• Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

• Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

• May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

• Standoffish toward strangers

• Needs frequent attention from her family





Whether you are considering adding a new Tibetan Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tibetan Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tibetan Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Tibetan Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Displaced Lens

Blindness

Diabetes

The Tibetan Terrier originated over 2000 years ago in the high mountains in Tibet. Bred by monks for companionship, they were also used as guardians and herding dogs. The Tibetan Terrier is a hardy and powerful breed able to withstand the extreme climate and difficult terrain of Tibet. 

These “Holy Dogs of Tibet” were considered good luck and were never sold but given as gifts, instead. The Tibetan Terrier is not a true terrier but was given the name because of their size. Tibetan Terriers have a moderately calm temperament and tend to be playful.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Tibetan Terrier shows signs of the following:

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

• Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

• Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

• Gums that are a color other than bright pink

• General reluctance to run or play

• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

• Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

• Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

• Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: Tibetan Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They are also a sure-footed hiking companion and will also excel at agility, rally and obedience.

    Grooming: Frequent brushing and regular trimming is recommended to keep their long shaggy coat mat free. 

    Dental: Tibetan Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Tibetan Terriers are good-natured and adaptable. With proper exercise and a confident leader, she is an affectionate and charming family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Easily motivated and trainable

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Negative Traits:

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Needs to be exercised and groomed regularly

    • May be territorial when it comes to cats and other dogs

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • Needs frequent attention from her family





  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Tibetan Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tibetan Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tibetan Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Tibetan Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Glaucoma

    Displaced Lens

    Blindness

    Diabetes

  • History

    The Tibetan Terrier originated over 2000 years ago in the high mountains in Tibet. Bred by monks for companionship, they were also used as guardians and herding dogs. The Tibetan Terrier is a hardy and powerful breed able to withstand the extreme climate and difficult terrain of Tibet. 

    These “Holy Dogs of Tibet” were considered good luck and were never sold but given as gifts, instead. The Tibetan Terrier is not a true terrier but was given the name because of their size. Tibetan Terriers have a moderately calm temperament and tend to be playful.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Tibetan Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

    • Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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