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Tibetan Terrier

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Tibetan Terrier AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: 14-17 inches
Weight: 18-30 pounds
Colors: All colors, except liver and chocolate, and as long as the nose leather is black and its eyes and eye rims are dark. Dogs of this breed can be combinations of two colors, three colors, or solid, brindle or piebald
AKC recognized in: 1973

The Tibetan Terrier is considered a lucky charm by the Tibetan monks who neither kept them away from public view nor sold them. Instead, two Tibetan Terriers were given as gifts to an English female doctor working for the Medical Service of India. The grateful patients who gave these dogs were a patient who received a successful medical operation and the Dalai Lama himself. Later, Dr. A.R. H. Greig bred the two dogs to produce three more she brought to England and continued to breed until she put up the Tibetan Terrier Kennel.

It is given the name Tsang Apso by the Tibetans who named it after the province of Tsang and its complete nickname means "bearded or shaggy (apso) dog from the province of Tsang".

While the Tibetan Terrier is said to bring good luck, owners are forewarned that they can never be free of the spell that this dog is said to cast on its owners. It is neither a hunting dog nor a real guard dog. Thus, the Tibetan Terrier is not and should not have been named as a terrier. But, the Europeans who saw this dog first reminded them of the terriers back in their home countries and labeled it as a terrier. It is only a companion dog. It gives comfort and joy to the owner who will find that this dog can make you feel at ease and share your pain and happiness.


Tibetan Terrier Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training four paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

A Tibetan Terrier can be a good companion and also a protector. It is an alert dog with a high intelligence which is inherent in it and its ability to understand what goes on around it. It is adorable and affectionate to family members.

Surprisingly, it is a strong dog that can endure long walks or plenty of exercise. It is gentle to children and very amiable. But, sometimes, its behavior to be sporty can lead it to be stubborn as it would want its own way to run its daily routine. Hence, the dog owner must begin at its early age to be trained to become obedient. Only positive discipline approach can make the Tibetan Terrier's loyalty to the owner last longer. It is advisable to keep the dog happy and useful by providing it with ample space to release tension. It does not complain generally but its aggressive behavior may activate when it is not given proper atmosphere to meet its mental and physical requirements.

Health and Exercise

The Tibetan Terrier has an average lifespan of 17-20 years. But, even with its natural physique and ability to stay healthy with adequate environmental structures like living inside an apartment, it is still prone to certain ailments that basically affect its eyes and joints. These ailments could be patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, cataracts, PRA, and lens luxation. It is also sensitive to fleas and other forms of allergies. Ironically, the Tibetan Terrier is also recommended to people who are prone to allergies because its coat is easy to groom and brush.

Owners of this dog breed have to be constantly and regularly on the watch for signs or symptoms before the serious effect of ailments. A regular visit to the canine doctor is highly suggested.

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