Description: The Tibetan Terrier is not really a terrier at all. They are appealing, shaggy little dogs who are devoted to their owners and to children. Tibetan Terriers are persistent, resourceful, and like to have a reminder of their humans around.
Other Names: Dhokhi Apso
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: 14 - 16 inches
Weight: 18 - 30 lbs.
Colors: Any color or combination of colors.
Coat: Soft, woolly undercoat; long, fine outer coat that can be straight or wavy.
Temperament: Tibetan Terriers are friendly, alert
With Children: Yes, good with children if children do not pester them.
With Pets: Yes, but needs to be socialized to cats at a young age.
Special Skills: Family Pet
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Special attention and regular grooming to the Tibetan Terriers heavy double coat is required. Use a metal comb to keep them free of tangles. Shedding is twice a year. Bathe with a mild shampoo or dry shampoo only when necessary. Clean ears, and trim around eyes. Daily regular exercise for the Tibetan Terrier is needed as a play session or a walk.
Training: Tibetan Terriers are easy to train but need a calm, equal manner as they are sensitive to sounds and will react to the the tone of your voice.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - Medium
Activity: Indoor - High, Outdoor - Medium
Living Environment: An apartment is adequate if sufficient exercise is given. The owner of a Tibetan Terrier should be a patient leader who desires an active, sensitive companion.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, eye diseases.
Life Span: 12 -15 years
Litter Size: 5 - 8
Country of Origin: Tibet
History: Native to remote sections of the high Himalayas, the Tibetan Terrier is the result of more than 1000 years of natural adaptation to some of the harshest, most variable climate and geography in the world. Unknown until about 70 years ago, they are still somewhat of a rarity in the Western countries.
First Registered by the AKC: 1973
AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC