The Tibetan Terrier is an all-purpose dog and a proud member of the Non-Sporting Group. They have an adorable, shaggy appearance, with a square proportion, and although compact in size – maintains physical power and muscularity. They stand at approximately 15 to 16 inches and weigh anywhere from 18 to 30 pounds (depending on gender).
The temperament of the Tibetan Terrier is that of a gentle, loving canine. Somehow these dogs know how to lay on the charm which makes it easy for anyone to want to take one home. They are a loyal companion that enjoys the quiet life while living indoors, while at the same time can be depended on to roam the great outdoors on an adventurous hike or walk. The Tibetan Terrier is friendly towards other dogs and pets, but somewhat reserved around strange people.
A Brief History Of The Tibetan Terrier
The exact history of the Tibetan Terrier is just as mysterious as the lands it comes from. It is said that these dogs were bred some 2,000 years ago inside Lamaist monasteries. Although they were used to help with working tasks, the purpose of the breed was as companions and holy dogs, “bringers of luck” so to speak.
You have probably read a few miraculous stories of these dogs. One such story claims that the village of which the breed lived was completely blocked off when an earthquake destroyed the route into the valley, during the 14th century. In order to cross, the people had to cover treacherous pathways, of which killed many. It is said that anyone that was carrying a Tibetan Terrier made it through safely.
None of these dogs were ever sold. They were held in such high regard that the only time anyone outside of Tibet had one was when it was given as a special gift. One such man received this gift of a Tibetan Terrier and is responsible for breeding further litters, thus bringing worldwide attention to them. His name was Dr. Grieg and the year was 1920.
The breed was first recognized outside of its homeland in India. The dogs then made their way to English dog shows in 1937. The United States saw the Tibetan Terrier during the 1950’s and in 1973, the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Upkeep Requirements For The Tibetan Terrier
This terrier may be the ideal house dog to have relaxing and quietly sitting by your side indoors, but once outside it loves to run and look for adventure. A few walks on the leash each day plus some fun games in the yard is the perfect way to keep the Tibetan Terrier in shape and mentally stimulated.
This breed can withstand moderately hot and cool temperatures but is not meant to live outdoors. They are best suited to either be a total indoor dog, or an indoor dog that has access to a fenced-in area outside during the day. Either way, the Tibetan Terrier forms a very close bond with its family and makes a dependable watchdog. Grooming requirements for the breed consists of a good brushing of its shaggy coat twice weekly.
Tibetan Terrier Health Concerns
The average lifespan of the Tibetan Terrier is between twelve and fifteen years. Major health concerns that run common in the breed are PRA and lens luxation. Minor health issues include CHD, hypothyroidism, cataracts, patellar luxation, and ceroid lipofuscinosis. Rarely seen is distichiasis. Veterinarians suggest that Tibetan Terrier dogs get tested for hip, eye, and thyroid problems.
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