Tibetan Terrier

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Height: 36 - 43cm M | 36 - 43cm F
Weight: 8 - 14kg M | 8 - 14kg F
Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 Years

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The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient dog breed originating from the landlocked country of Tibet. Lively, playful, and loving, the “Holy Dog of Tibet” is a great family pet and canine companion for the elderly. It is adaptable in that it can live in homes with gardens or in an urban apartment. It can form a strong bond with its family and cannot bear being alone for long periods. Its shaggy coat requires daily brushing as it easily picks up dirt and debris.


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The Tibetan Terrier comes from Tibet and has been regarded as a “lucky charm” in the region. As its country of origin is landlocked, this dog, called Tsang Apso locally, remained purebred for 2,000 years. This robust canine has been used in herding livestock, guarding property, and accompanying travellers.

This robust canine has been used in herding livestock, guarding property, and accompanying travellers.

It earned the moniker “Holy Dog of Tibet” as it is a highly valued pet among Tibetan monks and monasteries. The Tibetan Terrier was so precious to Tibetan families and monks that mistreating it is a social taboo and that it never was sold off. Instead, it was given as a gift. The first Tibetan Terriers to reach Western shores were in fact offspring of one.

An English physician, Dr A.R.H. Greig, was given a Tibetan Terrier puppy she named “Bunti.” The dog was given by a merchant to thank her for a successful operation. The canine’s name was later modified to “Bunty.”

The doctor exhibited her pet at one of the dog shows in India, where she lived in the 1920s. The judges had never seen such a dog and encouraged her to start breeding it. Dr Greig then later acquired another Tibetan Terrier named “Rajah.” In 1924, she got her first litter. The second came in the next year.

In 1926, Dr Greig brought 3 of her Tibetan Terriers to the UK. She continued to breed the dog and later won dog shows with some of those she cared for.

In 1956, a Tibetan Terrier Club was established after Constance Downey set up the Luneville Kennel in the 1950s. It was only after Dr Greig passed away in the 1970s that the breed became popular in the UK. In 2007, a Tibetan Terrier won Best in Show at the 2007 Crufts.


comb icon Appearance and Grooming

Among the Tibetan breed in the Utility Group, this one is the tallest of them all. Standing at about 35-41 cm and weighing 8-14 kg, the Tibetan Terrier’s size is a robust medium.

This dog breed’s name is a misnomer as it is actually not a terrier. What inspired the inaccurate labelling was its appearance, which was similar to those in the Terrier group. The similarity is evident even in Tibetan Terrier pictures.

This dog’s name is a misnomer as it is actually not a terrier. What inspired the inaccurate labelling was its appearance, which was similar to those in the Terrier Group. The similarity is evident even in Tibetan Terrier pictures.

This breed’s body has a well-balanced, squarish look, with a strong muzzle, black nose, and large round eyes. It has a fairly long neck and muscular body. Its hindquarters are also muscular and are supported by strong hind legs.

All four of its broad, flat feet are covered in a heavy layer of fur, with tufting in between the toes. These paws act as snowshoes and allow this animal to trudge through snowy terrain with ease. Its furry tail is medium length and curls over its back. It tends to have a kink at its tip, which is accepted as part of its standard.

Its long-haired coat is its most striking feature. Being a double-coated canine, its fur colours and patterns come in a wide range of varieties. However, the liver and chocolate colours are not accepted under the standards of The Kennel Club. As its coat easily picks up debris, it should be brushed daily to keep it clean and tangle free. Baths should be done monthly.


bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

The Tibetan Terrier’s temperament is lively, alert, pleasant, gentle, and affectionate. Fun loving, this canine is devoted and loyal to its family and makes an excellent watchdog. It is wary of strangers and tends to vocalise at anything suspicious, although it does not bark excessively. It is not aggressive with strangers. Its capacity for forging strong bonds with its people makes it likely to develop separation anxiety.

As an intelligent, high-energy breed, the Tibetan Terrier should be given sufficient mental stimulation or tasks daily. Training requires a firm hand as this dog has a stubborn streak. Although great as a family pet, it is best suited for families with older children. As it is an inquisitive pooch, it can lose sight of you as it explores. As such, it should be walked on a lead.


food icon Nutrition and Feeding

Follow a set feeding schedule consistently and provide the same food to your pet to avoid tummy upsets. However, if you need to change its diet to another type of high-quality food, do so gradually. This allows your dog to adjust accordingly without complications. Puppies must be fed 3-4 times a day whilst adult ones can be fed twice a day.

For a Tibetan Terrier puppy 2-6 months old, feed it 133-233 g of food daily, depending also on its size and activity level. For one that is 8-10 months old, feed it 119-201 g of food daily. When it turns 12 months, you can feed it adult food.

The adult Tibetan Terrier weighing 8-13 kg should be fed about 119-219 g of food daily, taking into consideration its activity level. For those weighing 14 kg and above, the average daily portion ranges from 178-235 g.


stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

The average lifespan of Tibetan Terriers is 12 to 15 years. The breed is robust and sturdy but is predisposed to a few hereditary health conditions, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Primary lens luxation
  • Allergies
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

As this breed is energetic and smart, it should be physically and mentally stimulated daily. It should be exercised for at least 60-80 minutes per day. Cost of Ownership

To acquire a well-bred Tibetan Terrier puppy, you may expect to spend at least £500-£600. Insurance may cost about £20 (basic) to £42 (lifetime) monthly. The food expenses may reach about £20-£30 per month. For vaccinations, boosters, annual checks and other veterinary costs, pet care expenses may add up to more than £800 per year.

On average, a Tibetan Terrier owner will spend about £50-£80 per month. The insurance costs can also influence these cost estimates. For its lifetime (12-15 years), the costs can range from £7,200 to £14,400 overall. This estimate does not include the expenditures incurred in securing a puppy.


pound icon Cost of Ownership

To acquire a well-bred Tibetan Terrier puppy, you may expect to spend at least £500-£600. Insurance may cost about £20 (basic) to £42 (lifetime) monthly. The food expenses may reach about £20-£30 per month. For vaccinations, boosters, annual checks and other veterinary costs, pet care expenses may add up to more than £800 per year.

On average, a Tibetan Terrier owner will spend about £50-£80 per month. The insurance costs can also influence these cost estimates. For its lifetime (12-15 years), the costs can range from £7,200 to £14,400 overall. This estimate does not include the expenditures incurred in securing a puppy.


Is a Tibetan Terrier Right for You?

  • The Holy Dog of Tibet has a wonderful temperament and a lively, friendly nature.
  • This dog is suitable as a family pet and is good with other pets.
  • Its thick, furry coat needs daily grooming.
  • As an intelligent and high-energy dog, it learns quickly and must be mentally stimulated and exercised daily to keep it happy.
  • Early socialisation is important for this breed so it becomes a well-balanced dog.
  • Its strong bond with its owners makes it unable to thrive being left alone for long periods.

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The information, including measurements, prices and other estimates, on this page is provided for general reference purposes only.

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