Tibetan Terrier breed information

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The appearance of the Tibetan Terrier is that of a powerful, medium sized dog of square proportions, with a shaggy coat. Overall, there should be a feel of balance. Fully grown, he or she should look like a miniaturized Old English Sheepdog.

The head is moderate, with a strong muzzle of medium length, and a skull neither rounded nor flat. The eyes are large, dark, and set fairly far apart. The V-shaped drop ears are well feathered, and should be set high on the sides of the skull. The nose is always black, regardless of coat colour.

The body is well muscled and compact. The length of the back should be equal to the height at the withers, giving the breed its typical square look. Height for either sex is 14-16 in (35-41 cm) and weight is 18-30 lb (8-14 kg), with 20-24 lb (9.5-11 kg) preferred, but all weights acceptable if in proportion to the size.

The tail is set high, well feathered, and carried in a curl over the back.

One of the more unusual features of the Tibetan Terrier is the broad, flat feet with hair between the toes. They are ideal for climbing mountains and act as natural snow shoes.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Temperament:
This little companion dog loves people. Tibetan Terriers are lively and outgoing and were once kept and treasured in Tibetan monasteries. Affectionate and lively, the friendly Tibetan Terrier dog breed is somewhat reserved around strangers. A Tibetan Terrier's bark is unique in the way it raises in pitch and volume as it continues to bark.

Coat:
The Tibetan Terrier must be bathed regularly - once every week and brushed every 2-3 days. The coat must be first sprayed with water or conditioner in order to ensure smooth and comfortable brushing.

Care:
The Tibetan Terrier likes to run and explore, and needs daily exercise in a safe area. His needs can also be met by a vigorous game in the yard or a moderately long walk on leash. He is best as an indoor, or indoor/outdoor, dog. His long coat needs thorough brushing or combing once or twice a week.

Health
Major concerns: lens luxation, PRA, ceroid lipofuscinosis
Minor concerns: patellar luxation, cataract, CHD
Occasionally seen: distichiasis
Suggested tests: eye, hip

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