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Tibetan Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 12-16”
Weight: 18-30 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Tibetan Terrier in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Black & Brindle
  • Black & Brown
  • Black & Gold
  • Black & White
  • Black & White Brindle
  • Black, Brown, & White
  • Black, White, & Gold
  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Brown
  • Brown & White
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Gold
  • Gold & White
  • Golden Brindle
  • Gray
  • Gray & White
  • Red
  • Red & White
  • Sable
  • Sable & White
  • Silver
  • Silver & Black
  • Silver & White
  • White
  • White & Black
  • White & Gold

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Tibetan Terrier has some genetic and inherited medical diseases and conditions that are important for you to know about. Some of these conditions include lens luxation, sensitive to fleas and flea bites, hip dysplasia, PRA, hypothyroidism, and cataracts.

To ensure that you bring home a healthy puppy, it is important that you work with a reputable breeder that screens his or her dogs, to prevent any potential of these conditions occurring. Poor breeding leads to these diseases being passed down.

Lens luxation occurs when the fibrous strands that hold the lens of the eye in place detach. This condition mostly occurs in both eyes.

Flea sensitivities are a common problem in the Tibetan Terrier and this is due to their sensitive skin. If a flea bites your pup, you may notice a hot spot forms or you may notice that your pup’s skin becomes red, inflamed, or they may itch and bite at their body a lot. It is important to seek veterinary care if this does occur.

Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joint or hip socket in your pup. This condition usually appears when your dog is much older, but it leads to crippling pain, and your pup may develop arthritis because of it.

PRA or progressive retinal atrophy is a genetic eye condition that occurs when the retina degenerates. This condition occurs over time and will ultimately lead to blindness.

Hypothyroidism occurs when there is a problem with the function of your Tibetan Terrier’s thyroid. The thyroid is responsible for the metabolism of your pup, and when the thyroid does not work properly, you may notice that your pup is either obese or cannot gain weight.

Cataracts affect your Tibetan Terrier’s eyes and can be present at birth, from trauma, or develop over time. Cataracts can sometimes be corrected with surgery, but if not, they will lead to blindness in either one or both eyes.

The Tibetan Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Tibetan Terrier is known to be a very happy breed that gets along well with everyone inside of the home. You will notice that your pup loves to be a part of your life and is attached to his or her owners. This breed is not only sensitive to your needs but is also affectionate and loyal.

This breed is considered to be humorous and comical at times. You will notice that your pup loves to make you laugh and when you do, he or she will continue to perform entertaining acts.

Your Tibetan Terrier is often suspicious of new things and may act fearful of them until he or she has become accustomed to them. If you plan to introduce anything new to your home or routine, make sure that you properly introduce it to your pup as well.

This breed is energetic and needs daily exercise. While this breed can do well in apartments, it is important that he or she receives enough stimulation, otherwise, boredom leads to destruction within your home.

Your Tibetan Terrier can serve as a watchdog if you want him or her to, but this breed does have a tendency to be friendly, even with strangers. You will find this breed does love children and will match the energy level of your children as well.

The Tibetan Terrier can be harder to train due to their need to be independent, but with patience and consistency, you will be able to train your dog.

One thing you do need to keep your eye out for is that the Tibetan Terrier can become quite possessive of his or her toys and food. It is especially important for younger kids to understand this, to avoid any aggression or unruly behavior issues.


The Tibetan Terrier has high maintenance and grooming needs. You need to brush your pup every day, sometimes a couple of times per day to prevent shedding and to keep their coat well groomed.

You may find it best to take your pup to a professional groomer on a regular basis, depending on how much time you can commit to grooming your pup. It is important to note that your pup may also need an occasional trimming or stripping.

You do not have to bathe your Tibetan Terrier often and should only do so when he or she is dirty or doesn’t smell good. You need to clean your pup’s ears once per week to prevent any ear infections and trim your pup’s nails once per month to prevent overgrowth.


Your Tibetan Terrier will consume anywhere between 3/4 cup to 1.5 cups of dry food per day. Make sure that you choose a high-quality kibble that contains the appropriate number of nutrients and vitamins for your pup’s growth.

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A Tibetan Terrier puppy will cost you approximately $1,400. It is unlikely that you will find this breed located in a shelter around you, but it is a good place to start your search.

When you look at the cost of your puppy, do not focus only on the cost. Remember, the price of your puppy does not guarantee his or her health.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Tibetan Terrier is perfect for both home and apartment living, but make sure this breed receives exercise, as destructive behavior is inevitable otherwise. This breed is affectionate towards his or her family and does wonderfully with children. The Tibetan Terrier does have some moderate to high grooming needs, but the breed trains quickly and you will enjoy your time with him or her. This breed ranks a 3.


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