The Tibetan Terrier is a terrier dog, you think? Well, that's a mistake. They have nothing to do with the terrier breeds. On the other hand, they come from Tibet, as the name implies.
Their history stretches back around 2,000 years. In Tibet, they were considered saints and were often used as watchdogs and shepherd dogs.
But how is the breed today?
Fun, lively, friendly and affectionate
A Tibetan terrier is happy, playful, alert, and social. They require a lot of social interactions to thrive - they hate dog kennels too.
Other words that describe them are smart, outgoing, lively, friendly, and affectionate.
They are somewhat less acceptant towards strangers but are seldom hostile or aggressive towards them. However, you can be sure they will notify you if anyone comes to visit. They will also report if something suspicious gets their attention, which makes for an excellent watchdog.
The breed is capable of adapting to many living situations. Whether it is on a farm in the countryside, or it is in a small city apartment. Either way, they will need exercise and mental stimuli.
A Tibetan terrier has a lot of energy, despite its modest size. You do not necessarily have to walk for hours every day. For many, a couple of 20-30 minutes walks a day should be fine.
The breed can also get stimuli from dog training such as agility. They may look like foofoo dogs, but don’t let their appearance fool you.
They are skilled climbers, jumpers, and diggers.
A Tibetan terrier loves making its owner happy- but sometimes they can be a little stubborn. When training your dog, it is a good idea to focus on positive reinforcement. Give praise and treats when they display the desired behavior.
Excellent family dog
Tibetan terriers are perfect for families with children. However, because they are tiny dogs, children need to learn how to handle them appropriately.
As a social breed, the Tibetanian Terrier needs to spend a lot of time with its owners. They can develop problematic behavior if left alone for too long.
When it comes to other pets, such as cats and dogs, we are well-placed to get along with them, especially if we are already socializing from the puppy stage.
Requires some maintenance
A Tibetan terrier coat requires regular care, both brushing and bathing to stay healthy and nice.
You need to brush its coat at least once a week, and for some periods more often than that as well.
Long life expectancy
The Tibetan Terrier is a healthy and long life expectancy. They often live up to 15-16 years.