Tibetan Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Dhokhi Apso
  • Size:Small/Medium
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Low/Medium
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Regular walks
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older kids
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:18-30 lbs
  • Height:15-16 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any

Tibetan Terrier Coat

The Tibetan Terrier has a profuse double coat that protects this breed from harsh climates. The outer coat is long, fine in texture, and can be way or straight. The under coat is dense, soft, and of a woolly texture. The coat comes in a wide variety of colours and may be solid, bi-colour, tri-colour, or a mixture. The colours include white, cream, silver, gold, black, and red. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Tibetan Terrier Character

An ancient breed, the Tibetan Terrier is credited with the development of all other Tibetan breeds. They were originally bred by Tibetan monks and were never sold. They were only given to esteemed friends or dignitaries. They are often referred to as the Holy Dog of Tibet, and it is believed they bring good luck to their owners. Tibetan Terriers are relatively uncommon and is still a rarity in the United States.

Tibetan Terrier Temperament

The Tibetan Terrier is of medium size. With their long coat that covers the eyes they resemble a miniature sheepdog. Although they carry the Terrier name, they have absolutely no Terrier traits. This is a hardy, shaggy, and versatile breed that not only makes a fine companion; but they are also highly capable of guarding, herding, and protecting.

Tibetan Terrier Care

The Tibetan Terrier requires extensive grooming. They must be combed several times a week to prevent tangles and remove loose hair. The coat must never be dry combed. It is important to mist the coat with conditioner before combing to prevent breakage. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo. Dry shampooing may be done as needed. Tibetan Terriers are prone to hip dysplasia, hernias, cataracts, lens luxation, and progressive retinal atrophy.

Tibetan Terrier Activity

The Tibetan Terrier requires daily regular exercise in the form of a long walk or play session. They are suited for apartment living provided they are given sufficient exercise. Tibetan Terriers are energetic and strong and do very well in agility. They are excellent hiking companions and enjoy a vigorous run in a securely fenced yard or safe open space.

Tibetan Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Tibetan Terrier is around 12-15 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes luxating patella, cataracts, thyroid problems, vWD, HD, and PRA. The parents of the Tibetan Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.