AKC PuppyFinder: Tibetan Terrier Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Affectionate, sensitive, clever, and vocal; TTs are like little people in dog suits
- Energy Level: Very Active; Alert, agile TTs enjoy brisk walks, exploring, and stimulating play
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Independent
- Height: 14-17 inches (male), slightly smaller (female)
- Weight: 18-30 pounds (male), slightly smaller (female)
- Life Expectancy: 15-16 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Having a Tibetan Terrier is a little like having another family member, not a pet. He's extremely attuned to his people's moods and is loyal and affectionate. He's also a bit of a mischief maker, so low-key, patient and varied training is important. Your Tibetan Terrier puppy comes from an ancient breed, over 2,000 years old. His ancestors were bred by the lamas in Tibetan monasteries and could negotiate the rugged mountain terrain. He's smart and independent and will thrive on lots of stimulating play, regular exercise and joining you in outdoor activities.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1973
Breed History & Job Description: The breed name gets it only half right: Tibetan Terriers are Tibetan, but they’re not true terriers—not by blood, temperament, or job description. Westerners carelessly hung the name “terrier” on this typically Asian dog, and it stuck. An ancient breed developed in the splendid isolation of the Lost Valley, TTs are among several Tibetan dogs associated with Buddhist monasteries and the Dalai Lama. TTs are best known as companions and watchdogs, but during their long history they’ve worked as herders and flock guardians.
Tibetan Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cancer, deafness, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of TTs are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- PLL DNA Test
- NCL DNA Test
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: Tibetan Terrier Club of America-Rescue
- Breed Club Rescue Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: 908-889-5997 Camille Manfredonia
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.ttca-online.org/html/rescue.html