Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the Tibetan Terrier, is a small but hardy breed of dog that originated in Tibet. Despite its size, this dog is courageous, alert and possesses a protective nature.

General details

The weight of the Tibetan Terrier can vary between 8 and 14 kilograms, and its height at the withers ranges between 35 and 41 centimeters. As for its average life expectancy, it is generally between 12 and 15 years. It belongs to Group 9 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes companion dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed of dog originating in the mountains of Tibet. Their history goes back centuries, where they were bred in Tibetan monasteries and were prized for their bravery and skills as guardians of temples and monks. These dogs were also used to protect livestock and as companions for Tibetan nomads. Throughout history, the Tibetan Terrier has maintained its status as a sacred dog of great importance in Tibetan culture. Its breed purity has been carefully preserved, and it is believed to be descended from ancient dogs of Tibetan and Chinese civilizations.

Breed characteristics

The body of the Tibetan Terrier is compact and well balanced, with a strong muscular structure. They have a head proportional to the body, with medium sized eyes and an alert and friendly expression. As for their tail, it is set high and carried on the back curled or slightly curved to one side. Its ears are medium-sized, triangular in shape and fall to the sides of the head. One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Tibetan Terrier is its long, dense, soft-textured coat, which can be smooth or slightly wavy. It requires regular care to avoid the formation of knots. The usual coloration of this breed is gold, wheaten, sable, gray, black or white. In addition to its distinctive appearance, the Tibetan Terrier is characterized by its balanced, friendly and alert temperament. They are intelligent, loyal and affectionate to their family. They also tend to be good watchdogs, showing courage and protection when necessary.

Common health problems

The Tibetan Terrier breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, hypothyroidism, retinal dysplasia and lens luxation.

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