The Tibetan Terrier is a fun-loving and energetic dog breed. They are affectionate and devoted to their family members but may be reserved when it comes to strangers. Tibetan Terriers are good guard dogs due to their tendency to bark when they see or hear anything unfamiliar. They have a gorgeous double coat that is fine, long, straight or wavy. Uniquely, they have large and flat “snowshoe” feet that helped them around the snowy mountains of Tibet. Their coats would require daily brushing when grown long to keep them from tangles. Daily walks and exercise would keep them happy and healthy.
Origin of the Tibetan Terrier
The Tibetan Terrier, also called the Dhoki apso, is an ancient breed that was developed about 2,000 years ago at Buddhist lamaseries in Lost Valley, Tibet. The breed was first brought to the United States in 1956. These dogs are not really Terriers but were named so by Westerners due to their terrier size. They served as companions and watchdogs for the lamas and was thus named the “Holy dog”. They also helped shepherds as flock guardians and herders. Lamas and herdsmen never sold Tibetan Terriers and only gave these canines as gifts as they were considered to bring good luck.
Is a Tibetan Terrier right for me?
If the Tibetan Terrier is your breed of choice, you just found a life-long intelligent, affable, and gentle buddy. You would be surrounded with love and good humor for as long as you have them around.
Puppies in your inbox?
Receive puppy tips, tricks, news, and resources direct to your inbox along with adorable puppy pictures.
It is our mission to provide homes for happy, healthy puppies and a resource for our customers and breeders to share the love of our furry friends and companions.