Tibetan terrier: character, nutrition, puppies and breeding

In Tibet, his country of origin, the Tibetan terrier it is considered a sacred and lucky dog. He was raised in monasteries. In fact, it is supposed that its absence of aggression is due to the fact that these dogs lived in a collected and spiritual environment. Tibetan terriers were never sold but only given to deserving people as a good omen. It is a cheerful and lively breed, but also mild and cuddly. Ideal for family life, also thanks to its size and its adaptability qualities.

Tibetan terrier, the dog

Tibetan terrier: the origins

Very ancient breed of Tibetan origin that was raised by monks and used as a guard dog, both in villages and monasteries. The Tibetan terrier, in fact, is endowed with acute senses and is able to perceive every slightest suspicious noise and then alert the owners and the mighty mastiffs who were joined to him.

In Tibet, these dogs were never sold, but offered to visitors or friends as a token of happiness and prosperity. It is thanks to this custom that, in the early 1900s, the first specimens arrived in Europe. In 1920, in fact, after having treated a Tibetan princess, Dr. Agnes Greig was delivered, as a sign of recognition, some Tibetan terrier puppies. She took them with her to the West and this is how this breed began to spread in Europe as well.

Tibetan terrier: physical characteristics

Medium-sized dog, with a sturdy build, and long-haired. We could say that it is built in the square as the length from the tip of the shoulder to the root of the tail is equal to the height at the withers.

Here are the individual parts of the body in more detail.

  • body size: compact and vigorous
  • Hind limbs: with abundant hair, they are slightly longer than the front ones
  • Front limbs: parallel and covered with abundant hair, they have a slight angulation of the pasterns
  • Skull: of medium length, it narrows a little in the area from the ear to the eye. It is neither rounded nor completely flat between the ears. It has a marked stop in front of the eyes
  • Color of the nose: black
  • Neck: Strong, muscular and of medium length, fits well into well positioned shoulders
  • Eyes: large, round and well spaced. They are dark brown in color with black eyelids
  • Ears: V-shaped, they are hanging and not too close to the head. Set rather high on the side of the skull, they have abundant fringes
  • Jaw / Teeth: the lower jaw is well developed. The incisors, aligned in a slight curve, are regularly spaced and inserted perpendicular to the jaws. The teeth have a scissor bite or an inverted scissor bite
  • Tail: of medium length, it is set rather high. It is carried rolled over the back
  • Fur: long and fine, it is very abundant. It can be both straight and wavy, but not curly. The undercoat is fine and woolly
  • Color: white, cream, gold, black, gray, multi-color and tricolor


The average height at the withers, in males, ranges from 36 to 41 cm. Females are slightly smaller.

Medium weight

Around 8-13 kilograms.

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A dog that gets along very well with children, lively, cheerful and very intelligent.

Tibetan terrier, character

Lively, cheerful and intelligent, it is a very reactive dog to stimuli. At the same time, it is also mild and cuddly. It is a very faithful dog especially towards those who pamper and care for it.

Excellent companion dog, gets along very well with children. He is very fond of playing and being outdoors. However, he is also able to stand guard by barking in a loud voice. In general, the Tibetan terrier is not aggressive, even with strangers.

Despite everything, it is good to know that he has a strong character. He must therefore be educated immediately and with a certain firmness. Tibetan terriers are also suitable for living with other dogs and cats as well. This breed is also recommended for older people, as long as it is able to offer them the right amount of daily physical activity.

Tibetan terrier, puppies

Tibetan terrier puppies are cheerful and intelligent. From the first months they should therefore undergo a training and socialization course so as to develop their various character aspects.

From a purely physical point of view, they need adequate nutrition in each phase of their growth. From two to six months, it is recommended to administer 3 or 4 meals a day, and then decrease to 2 once the first year of life is reached.

Finally, due to its long hair, the Tibetan terrier must be used to being brushed from a young age.

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Tibetan Terrier 1 month puppy.

Tibetan terrier, health and pathologies

Like many dogs, the Tibetan terrier may also exhibit symptoms of hip dysplasia. Characteristic symptoms are a limp, pain and arthritis during aging.

Tibetan terriers can also suffer from eye diseases. The most frequent pathology is progressive retinal atrophy, a degenerative disorder that gradually leads to blindness. Hereditary, on the other hand, is the luxation of the lens, which is not positioned correctly inside the eye.

Finally, Tibetan terriers can also suffer from diseases such as otitis. In this case, the most frequent symptoms are manifested by shaking of the head, the presence of ear wax, inflammation and bad odor.

Tibetan terrier, care

The Tibetan terrier is a particularly energetic and vigorous dog that can withstand even very cold climates. He should be polite with severity regarding cleaning, otherwise he could develop bad habits.

Its thick hair should be brushed daily, using a metal pin comb in order to untie the knots. To facilitate the process, a mixture of water and conditioner could be sprayed onto the mantle. Finally, to remove excess hair, use a brush or a rubber glove.

For the bath, use lukewarm water. While drying, scrub it thoroughly to avoid knots.

Maximum care and attention also for cleaning teeth and ears. The former should be brushed at least two or three times to remove tartar and bacteria, for the latter, we recommend the use of specific products to remove excess hair and dust.

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The hair can be of different colors.


This dog must be fed in a healthy and correct way. You have to keep it slender and make sure it doesn’t get fat. The best diet for a Tibetan terrier would be BARF diet, which is based on the intake of raw meat, vegetables and rice. Tibetan terriers can still consume even dry foodprovided they are of good quality and in the right quantities according to the various stages of growth.

How long does a Tibetan terrier live?

This type of dog has an average lifespan of 14 years.

Tibetan terrier, herds

The Tibetan terrier is not very common in Italy. There are only three ENCI certified farms. They are located respectively in Rimini, Parma and Venice.

Tibetan terrier, prices?

The price of a Tibetan terrier puppy ranges from 700 to 1,000 $.

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