The Tibetan Terrier loves being with people and are adaptable to a variety of homes and lifestyles. They were created to be companions and friends. Their shaggy goat is attractive, but requires frequent grooming.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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The Tibetan Terrier is not actually a Terrier, but was dubbed that because of his terrier size.
Born in Tibet, Tibetan Terriers were bred in lamaseries to be companions not only to the holy men who raised them but also to nomadic herdsmen as they wandered the high plains with their flocks. The shaggy, medium-size dogs were thought to bring good luck, so they were never sold but only given as gifts or thanks for favors. People who live with the breed today understand just what a gift they are.
Tibetan Terriers are wonderful family dogs but are best suited for homes with school-age children who know how to treat a dog properly. They generally do well with dogs and other pets, especially if they have been raised with them.
The Tibetan Terrier requires frequent brushing and a bath at least once per month and require daily exercise and will enjoy a couple of 15-minute walks or one longer walk. If they get daily exercise, Tibetan Terriers can do well in apartments or condos. Tibetan Terriers thrive on human companionship and do best in homes where they get plenty of attention and aren’t left alone for long periods.
Tibetan Terriers make great watchdogs and will bark when they see or hear anything unusual. Barking is a favorite pastime for a Tibetan Terrier. He’ll bark when people come to the door, when he sees or hears something unusual, or just out of boredom.
Tibetan Terriers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Tibetan Terrier ancestry.