Tibetan Terrier

 

The Tibetan terrier evolved as a all-purpose puppymanaged to accompany its proprietor any occupation. It’s square-proportioned, streamlined and firmly constructed. Its double coat, comprising a profuse nice, long (straight or slightly wavy) outer coating and a soft wooly undercoat, given protection against the harsh Tibetan climate. Long hair falls forward on the eyes and foreface. The feet are large, round and flat, making a snowshoe effect for optimum grip in tough terrain. The stride is absolutely free and effortless.

Soft and amiable, the Tibetan terrier produces a magical, reliable companion both inside and outside. It’s equally up for an experience in the area, a match in the lawn or a rest at the home. It’s sensitive, quite companionable and ready to please.

AKC RANKING 91
FAMILY companion, herding
AREA OF ORIGIN Tibet
DATE OF ORIGIN ancient times
ORIGINAL FUNCTION herder, good luck, companion
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 15-16 Weight: 20-24
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 15-16 Weight: 20-24
OTHER NAME Dhokhi apso
The Tibetan terrier enjoys to run and research, and requires daily exercise in a secure location. Its demands may also be fulfilled by a boxing match in the lawn or a reasonably long walk on leash. Though capable of living outside in temperate or modestly cool climates, it is advisable as an indoor, or even indoor/outdoor, puppy. Its long coat requires thorough cleaning or cleaning a couple of times per week.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsMedium
  • PlayfullnessModerately playful
  • Affection levelVery affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsHigh maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceMedium tolerance
• Major concerns: lens luxation, PRA, ceroid lipofuscinosis
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation, cataract, CHD
• Occasionally seen: distichiasis
• Suggested tests: eye, hip
• Life span: 12 – 15 years
The foundation of the Tibetan terrier is as shrouded in mystery as the slopes and mountains from whence it comes. The Tibetan terrier was consumed in Lamaist monasteries almost 2,000 decades back. The puppies were kept less employees, but as household companions that may sometimes help out with all the herding or other farm chores. They have been called “luck bringers” or even “sacred dogs” A lot of the breed’s background is myth or speculation; a single story claims that a significant access route to the valley has been obliterated by an earthquake in the 14th century. Few people hazarded the treacherous journey to the “lost valley” then; the couple that did were often provided a luck-bringer puppy to assist them in their return trip. As befitting any bringer of fortune, these puppies were not marketed, but they were frequently presented as particular gifts of gratitude. Therefore it was that at 1920 Dr. A. Grieg, an Indian doctor, was granted one of the special dogs in exchange for medical therapy. Grieg became interested in the strain, acquired additional dogs and started to breed and encourage them. The Tibetan terrier initially became known in India; by 1937 it was made its way to English dog displays. From that point it came to America from the 1950s and has been admitted to AKC registration in 1973. Incidentally, the Tibetan terrier is certainly not a terrier, with just been given that title as it had been of terrier dimension.
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