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Tibetan Terrier

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Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terriers are a medium-sized breed with an effortless stride. The double coat is either straight or wavy, but not curly. It should be long, although it should not touch the ground. The outer coat is abundant and fine. The undercoat is supple and wooly. All colors but white are allowed in this breed. The head should be moderate in length with a distinct stop and a strong muzzle. The dark brown round eyes are large and wide set. They are generally rimmed in black. The high-set, pendant ears are moderately large and v-shaped. The nose is black and the teeth meet in a scissor or reverse scissor-like bite. The lower jaw is slightly bearded. The muscular neck is moderate in length merging into a compact, powerful body. The topline should be level. The forelegs should have slightly sloping pasterns. They should also be straight and parallel. The muscular hind legs should be built with low set hocks and well-bent stifles. The large, round feet are flat which provides support for this breed in the mountainous terrains. The feet should also be heavily coated between the toes and pads. The tail is moderate in length and has excessive feathering. It is also set high and carried in a curl over the back.

Temperament Tibetan Terriers are sweet, loving, gentle, good-natured, lively and willful. They are devoted to their families when respect has been earned. They do not like to be left alone. They love to bark and make great watchdogs, but their bark is like a rising siren. Although they have a charming personality they also have strong guarding abilities. They are generally cautious around strangers.
Height, Weight Height: 14-17" ; Weight: 18-30 lbs.
Health Problems The Tibetan Terrier can have flea sensitivities.
Living Conditions The Tibetan Terrier is okay for apartment living if it is sufficiently exercised. They do best with at least a small yard.
Exercise This breed enjoys long walks and romps in the yard.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming As a show dog, the Tibetan Terrier's elegant coat necessitates hours of skillful grooming. It should be brushed every few days to keep it from matting and tangling. Extra attention should be shown to the leg joints, beard and the hindquarters. Regular bathing is necessary. Remove excess hair from the ears and between the pads of the feet. This breed sheds little or no hair. A well-groomed Tibetan is great for allergy sufferers.
Origin Tibetan Terriers were originally bred by Tibetan monks to use in the Himalayan Mountains. This ancient breed was used as herd dogs as well as encampment watchdogs for Chinese nomadic traders. Tibetan Terriers are said to have contributed to other Tibetan breeds. In Tibet, this breed is a symbol of good luck and was commonly given to adventurous travelers as a 'good luck' charm. However, this breed was never sold and was not discovered outside of this area until Dr. A.R.H Grieg performed emergency surgery on a merchant's wife. To thank the doctor, the merchant gave her a Tibetan Terrier. She eventually received several more of these 'gifts' from different people, including the Dalai Lama. Dr. Grieg began to breed these dogs and her third generation was recognized by the Indian Kennel Club. In the 1930s, she relocated to England and established a Tibetan Terrier kennel. This breed was recognized by the Kennel Club in 1937. They are also recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog