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The Tibetan Terrier is a medium sized dog
with a profuse and protective double coat
and characteristic large, round feet. The
breed comes from the Himalayas in Tibet
and has been in existence for almost 2,000
years. Tibetan Terriers were owned by monks
and lived in monasteries in the Lost Valley
- an area cut off from civilization after
an earthquake in the fourteenth century
destroyed its main road.
Tibetan Terriers were treasured and beloved
companions famously thought to bring about
good luck. This breed was known as a 'Holy
Dog of Tibet' and was never sold, as legend
tells us by doing so could bring bad luck
to the family or possibly to an entire village.
Instead, Tibetan Terriers were given as
gifts, an act which was truly believed to
bring good fortune. They were also given
to those highly respected, such as to Dr.
Agnes Greig, a doctor from England in the
1920s who had saved the life of a Tibetan.
When she returned to India where she had
been practicing medicine at the time, she
promoted her Tibetan Terrier. She then returned
to Tibet to obtain a TT mate which did help
produce the first litter outside of Tibet
in 1924. When Dr. Greig returned to England,
she started the famous Lamleh Kennel and
it was from this kennel the first Tibetan
Terrier to enter the United States in the
1956 came from.
The Tibetan Terrier was recognized by the
American Kennel Club in the Non-Sporting
Group in 1973.
The average height for a Tibetan Terrier
is between 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm) when
measured at the shoulder.
The average weight of a Tibetan Terrier
is between 20 - 24 pounds (9 - 11 kg).
Type: The Tibetan Terrier
has an long, abundant and protective double
coat. The topcoat is thick and has a fine
texture while the undercoat is soft and
woolly. The coat can be wavy or straight,
but not curled. The length of the Tibetan
Terrier's coat should not touch the ground.
The coat - which is more like hair and not
fur - should be brushed every few days and
bathed every week or two.
The Tibetan Terrier's coat
can of any color or combination of colors.
The Tibetan Terrier is friendly, very intelligent,
happy and affectionate. They make wonderful
companions and family pets. Tibetan Terriers
thrive on human companionship and are considered
a member of the family. Very good natured
and loving. A Tibetan Terrier owner must
be a pack leader and provide consistent
and positive training. This breed is very
adaptable and can be laid back or active.
Concerns: The Tibetan Terrier
is a hardy and healthy breed, but are prone
to genetic diseases which includes hip dysplasia,
lens luxation and progressive retinal atrophy
(PRA). Other health problems include canine
neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (CCL/NCL),
cataracts and hypo-thyroidism. The average
life span is 12 years, however, it's not
uncommon for many to live up to the age
of 15 or 16.
• Tibetan Terrier's are nicknamed
• The Tibetan Terrier is not actually
a terrier at all. When breeds were first
introduced to the Western World, it was
typical for dogs of this size to be placed
in the terrier category.
AKC: Non-Sporting Group
ANKC: Non Sporting Group 7
CKC: Non-Sporting Group 6
FCI: Group 9 Section 5 Tibetan breeds