Get to know the Tibetan Terrier
All you need to know about the breed
Lively, good-natured and alert, the inaccurately named Tibetan Terrier (Tibetan All-Rounder would be closer to the mark) has evolved from the companion of monks and watchdog of nomadic herdsmen in the isolated landscape of ancient Tibet, to become a much-loved 21st century family pet.
TTs, as they’re also sometimes known, look a little bit like their cousin, the Lhasa Apso, but they are bigger – sturdy, agile, medium-sized dogs, built to withstand a harsh landscape. In fact, despite their ancient origins, Tibetan Terriers come equipped with technical clothing any modern mountaineer would be proud of: large, hairy and flat snow-shoe-like paws for easier mountain grip and a double coat bringing together a waterproof and insulating woolly under layer with a longer, finer top coat.
Tibetan Terriers are friendly and devoted to their human families. They evolved to live and work with people, so it makes sense that they enjoy plenty of attention and don’t like being left alone for long stretches. Once trained, they get on well with other pets and children, although they should not be left unsupervised. As born-and-bred watchdogs they may be reserved with strangers.
Harking back to the breed’s ancient sentry duties in the mountains, Tibetan Terriers often like to occupy an elevated spot in their home, keeping an eye on proceedings – even if in most cases the view nowadays is a little less spectacular than the ones enjoyed by their ancestors.
2 facts about Tibetan Terriers
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Tibetan Terrier
Caring for your Tibetan Terrier
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Tibetan Terriers’ coats may look intimidatingly high-maintenance, but a good groom once a week should do the trick – and the brushing process is a great way to bond with your dog. Tibetan Terriers are not the highest-energy breed around, but they do require a few several short walks or one longer one every day. Just don’t be surprised if you find them “herding” the human members of the group. They enjoy a game with their human or playing with a toy on their own. Tibetan Terriers are intelligent and eager to please and with positive reinforcement such as praise and treats – taken out of their daily rations of course! – should be gratifyingly easy to train. However, they are independent-minded so boring, repetitive training, or worse still, harsh words, will be counterproductive.