Tibetan Terrier

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


8-14 Kg (Approx)

Life Span:

15-16 years (Approx)


The Tibetan Terrier is a small to medium sized dog with long hair, which may be straight or slightly wavy. The long coat should not deceive you into thinking this is a puny or over-cosetted breed, as underneath it there is a strong, sturdy, well­ muscled body.

A unique feature of the breed is its feet, which are large, flat and round and act like a snowshoe by providing traction. Tibetan Terriers can come in all colours, but the chocolate colour is not permitted in the show ring.


The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed, with its origins shrouded in the myth and mystery of Tibet. In its country of origin, the Tibetan Terrier was reputed to be a multitasker: a watchdog in the villages and monasteries and warned owners of approaching strangers on tent and caravan journeys. The breed also herded yaks and sheep, and was a driver of packhorses and retrieved lost articles down the mountain side.

Developed in a harsh environment, the Tibetan Terrier's battle against difficult terrain made the breed what it is today: a tough, nimble and determined little dog.


The Tibetan Terrier is a lively, outgoing and very good-natured breed. Both dogs and bitches are devoted to their family and are extremely loyal. However, the breed can be cautious or reserved when initially meeting strangers. Overt affection is moderated by an independent nature and it is extremely intelligent and mischievous.


The Tibetan Terrier has a double coat. It never sheds its coat around the house, so the breed is suitable for people with a coat allergy, but the woolly undercoat does shed into the topcoat and will cause serious matting. The dead coat therefore needs to be combed out regularly.

On the other hand, clipping the coat off and keeping it short with a trim every two or three months has great appeal to some owners and the breed just loves it.


Currently no Breeders in SA for this Breed