Don't let the name mislead you because the Tibetan Terrier is no Terrier. Its origin is in Tibet; its look and behavior made the foreign travelers, especially Europeans, remember their Terriers from their homeland. Thus, they gave it that name. It fares well with kind, considerate, temperate owners - especially older children. They're suitable for herding livestock or guarding. They're also great companions that shouldn't be left unattended because they need a pet owner's kind beneficence most of the day. It does poorly without human love and time spent on it. Natives did not sell them initially because they were too useful as work dogs. Thus, it took awhile to introduce them to the rest of the world. The Tibetan Terriers were highly regarded in the families of monks, and at monasteries and holy temples. They were given the same consideration and treatment as young children. As a show of gratitude, or perhaps because of their training, they herded livestock and guarded the property.
The Tibetan Terrier was never sold in ancient Tibet because they brought good fortune. Perchance, they were given as gifts. The first Tibetan Terrier in Europe was given as a gift to a doctor. It’s a sensitive, gentle, emotive, fun, frolicsome, sweet, devoted companion. These dogs actually hailed from the Lost Valley in Tibet, an inaccessible route was often the case. Sometimes, these dogs accompanied travelers on passes through the treacherous mountain passes. The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized, square dog with a bushy beard. It has a double coat, the first woolly, the outer wavy. Any coat color, combination coat color, or absence of a certain color is common. The coat is long, but it doesn’t drag along the ground. It sometimes falls in front of the bulbous, dark eyes though. It’s not a Sheepdog, but it doesn’t look much like a Terrier. Its properties are more akin to a Sheepdog. It has flat feet, a scissors bite, and a curly, feathered tail over its back. Its feet do particularly well walking across the dense snow. The dogs are 14 to 17 inches at the withers and 18 to 30 pounds. It needs daily walks, and it can fare well in an apartment with plenty of outdoor walking ventures. Its nose, eyes, and eye rims are dark black.
The Tibetan Terrier requires extensive grooming every couple of days, and brushing with a mister is an obvious necessity. Tangles, mats, and other knots abound on this furry guy’s coat. Remove the loose hair too, or else this can be uncomfortable for this breed. The Tibetan Terrier was imported to the United States in 1956. Tibetan Terriers were used to breed the Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Spaniel, and other dogs from this exciting breeders’ region.