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The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed said to have originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet some 2,000 years ago.

Breed Information

 The Tibetan Terrier is a unique and charming breed. They are hardy enough to withstand the extremes of weather they faced in their native land of Tibet, strongly constructed to surmount the difficulties of the harsh, mountainous terrain, and have a high level of intelligence.

It should be clearly understood they are not true terriers, they have none of the terrier temperament, nor do they go to ground after their prey.

Tibetan Terriers are very much individuals with their own personalities. Typically they have a highly developed sense of humour, and are happy and outgoing souls with a zest for life. They like being included in all the family activities and are not content to merely become part of the background.

The breed is normally good with children, particularly when the have been raised with them. When first introducing dogs and children it is important both are closely supervised. Wise and gentle guidance will help foster the very best of lasting relationships.

The Tibetan Terrier is a double coated breed, and while they do shed, accumulation of hair on the carpet and furniture is minimal. The soft undercoat sheds into the topcoat which forms mats, therefore regular grooming is essential.

The typical TT is a excellent sentinel and while they do bark, they are not usually yappy. Most will become quiet once the owner has taken control of a situation.

Grooming Requirements

Your Tibetan Terrier's coat will be very easy to maintain at first. All you will need is a soft pin-brush, a steel-tooth comb and a spray bottle containing water with a little conditioner and of course some nail clippers.


Are Tibetan Terriers Hypoallergenic?

Tibetan Terriers are not officially a hypoallergenic dog.

Many people with allergies to animals can tolerate living withing a TT, while others cannot.



The Tibetan Terrier is very trainable provided he can see some point in what he is being asked to do and if training is approached in an understanding manner.

Remember that for many centuries he has carried out responsible work on his own initiative. He is a self-reliant dog with an independent turn of mind and needs to work with his owner toward a mutually satisfying end. 


Activity Level

In general, the mature TTs are not boisterous. They tend to be dignified creatures, although they may indulge themselves by having a mad-cap half hour now and again, and they are usually ready to join in a rough and tumble game whenever the opportunity arises. The youngsters on the other hand, are an entirely different proposition. They have boundless energy and no shortage of ideas as to how to use it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the breed or are interested in a puppy, please contact Terri at:

(604) 857-0571   |

About the Breed

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