Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Lively, good-natured and loyal companion. Has a fun and engaging personality. Happy, affectionate and very intelligent. This breed is very athletic and agile and can use its paws to hold toys and open cabinet doors. Sometimes stubborn and mischievous. Ok for first time dog owners.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium to high. Despite their small size they love to be on the go. Around 1-1.5 hours per day free running, or more. Loves games especially ball and fetch ones such as agility and flyball. Loves to play in the snow.

Size: 14-16 inches

Weight: 20-30lbs

Colour: White and black, cream and black, cream/fawn with black fringes

Town or Country: Both, but does especially well in country

Low Allergy:

Best Suited for: Moderately active to active households in cooler climates, with moderate living space, who will relish time training and doing fun activities, but would like a breed with a protective nature.

Group: Utility/non-sporting

Originally From: Tibet

Original Purpose: Working and companion, guarding nomadic camps and monasteries. Was thought to bring good luck.

Living Space: Medium. A good-sized fenced garden would be an advantage for running and playing. If it gets sufficient outdoor exercise a TT will be calm indoors.

Coat: Long, harsh and double to keep out the cold.

Grooming: High. Regular grooming to prevent mats from forming. During the development period of the coat this is particularly important. Remove excess hair from ears and between the pads of the feet. Coat around ears and anus should be kept clean and free from excess hair to prevent infection. And the eye area should be checked on a regular basis.

Children: High. Properly socialized TT’s get along well with respectful and/or older children.

Sociability with strangers: Medium. Wary and cautious until the stranger is accepted, but not aggressive.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High. Properly socialised will get along with other dogs and the family cat.

Trainability: Medium to high. They mature slowly and will need puppy socialization and training longer than many other faster maturing breeds. The breed is slightly stubborn but since it is intelligent and wants to please its owner, reward-based training will succeed. Needs to see the point in what they are being asked to do.

Noise Level: Has strong watch dog abilities without being excessively barky

Known Health Issues: Tough and hardy. However, puppies should be purchased from parents who have been both hip-scored and eye tested as PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), Lens Luxation (lens popping out) and Hip Dysplasia are potential problems.

Lifespan: 13-15 years

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