Tibetan terrierTibetan terrier was created to be a friendly, loving, mischievous and a good companion. They love being with their family and they can adapt many lifestyles. Their shaggy coat is appealing but it requires brushing and grooming frequently.


Important Stats:

Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs

Height: From 1 foot, 2 inches to 1 foot, 4 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 20 to 25 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Need to know about Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan terrier is not a terrier; he got his name because of his medium size. The does not act like terrier like digging a hole for vermin or terrier temperament. He is very fun loving and lively but these characteristics are tempered with kind and sweet nature. Tibetan Terriers love being around their human and he is an excellent companion. That is why this breed is mostly used as therapy dogs. Tibetan Terriers are not activity demon and but they are enough to participate in an agility contest. They also participate in rally and obedience competition. They are very alert and will alarm you if they see something suspicious. The breeds are great watchdogs but their soft nature does not fit for a guard dog.

This breed does not strangers but he is very loving and caring for his family. They are suitable for many household types and they do great with a family with older children that know how to treat a dog. This breed has a protective double coat they are suitable for the snowy climate. Tibetan terrier is a dog that loves his family and enjoys his life. He can adjust to an active family and a couch potato life with ease. This is breed is best for a family that has older children. This breed does well with other dogs and animals and it is a plus point if he grows up with them together.

This breed needs brushing frequently and it needs a bath every month. Tibetan terrier can also live in an apartment if he gets exercise daily. One thing to keep in mind that this breed is a watchdog and it will bark if it sees something suspicious, so he needs training when to bark. These dogs are companion dogs and they do the best indoor with plenty of attention and love. If left alone for too long he may become destructive or may suffer separation anxiety. It is recommended for a family with a retiree or someone with a flexible work schedule.

This dog breed barks a lot because it is his favorite past time. He will bark when he see or hear something suspicious when he sees people coming from the door or just out of boredom. Tibetan terrier is easy to train with positive reinforcement like play, praise or getting their favorite treat as a reward. This breed requires daily exercise and it needs 15 to 20-minute walk which he will enjoy. Tibetan terrier is also independent and sometimes stubborn. You must show them who is boss and that you mean what you say.

Although is one of the best companion dogs and he loves being around people, he needs early socialization. Because he will bark if he sees or hears something new and become a reserve with new people, the best way to do the thing is early socialization. This breed has a very long coat and it needs frequent brushing, keep in mind he needs trimming around their behind for sanitary. If you don’t want to brush and combing often then you can also trim their coat too short. The short coat also looks cute in Tibetan terrier.

Tibetan Terrier Health

This breed is generally healthy but it is prone to certain health condition like PRA which is also know as Progressive Retinal Atrophy. It is a degenerative eye disorder which causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors. This health issue can be detected years before the dog show any signs of blindness. Even though a blind dog can live his life with full of happiness and joy, using their other senses to compensate.  Keep in mind not to move the furniture.

Another eye problem with this breed is Lens Luxation which is an inherited disorder. In this disorder, the lens is positioned improperly. This displacement can be partial or complete. It is treatable in some cases with surgery or medication but in other serious cases, the eye may need to be removed.

In Hip Dysplasia the femur does not fit into the pelvic socket of the hip joint. Sometimes this health condition does not show any signs. Some dogs show pain or lameness on one or both legs. Arthritis can develop as the dog ages. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. If a dog display any sign of hip dysplasia take him to vet for medication or surgery.

Note: This health information is all about providing our visitors with a type of general knowledge, in order to be aware of any health issues or any diseases and conditions, do consult your veterinarian.

Tibetan Terrier Care

  • Tibetan Terriers can adapt to every type of homes like condos or castles. They are suitable for living in indoors with their people. They cannot live outdoors.
  • Once the Tibetan terrier is mature, he can also like being a couch potato but like every dog, he needs exercising for living a healthy and happy life. Young Tibetan terrier has a lot of energy and requires more exercise than an adult dog. An adult dog needs 15 to 20-minute walk daily.
  • A securely fenced yard is also good for this breed where he can run and play but don’t let him remain outside for too long because when he feels boredom he will starting barking or may try to escape.
  • Crate training is ideal for young Tibetan terrier it will help in training and keep the dog from eating or chewing things that are harmful. But don’t lock up the dog for long.
  • Housetraining may be a little difficult for this dog but be patient and make a schedule and give opportunities to potty outside and when he does, praise him.
Tibetan Terrier Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 1 1/8 to 1 3/8 cups of good quality dry food every day that is divided into two meals.

NOTE: Tibetan terrier needs quality diet food that provides the needed nutrition to the dog. It is not necessary that the food must be a commercial dog food or homemade food. The food must contain protein, minerals, vitamins, carbohydrate and as well as a fatty acid. Like people dog are the same in eating. If your dog does a lot of activities and likes to play a lot, he will need more food but he is a slowpoke who does not want to move much than he will eat less.

Tibetan Terrier with Children and Other Pets

This breed knows the mood of their family and they can adapt to the new family lifestyle. These dogs are very playful and mischievous, they like to make their family laugh. They do fine with children with older age who knows how to care and approach a dog but young children are not suitable for them they can along if they are raised with each other. Still, parent supervision is essential because of an accident you don’t know when your child pulled your dog legs or ears. The children must know how to approach a dog and never disturb him while he is eating or sleeping.