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Understanding and Training a Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

This is a terrier in name only and more closely matched with a small Old English Sheepdog - only not a herding nor working dog.  The Tibetan Terrier is best viewed as a companion, a loyal companion that is lively, outgoing and affectionate with owners and happiest when treated as such.

The breed's combination of determined and steadfast cleverness can equate to stubbornness in training.  Stubborn or not, the Tibetan Terrier will respond to fair, consistent training that includes plenty of time for play and activity.

Some of the most attractive characteristics of the Tibetan Terrier are that they are sensitive to their owners; they are adaptable and good-natured, yet not generally a nuisance with strangers and are usually good with other dogs and children.  A well balanced Tibetan is well exercised, appreciated and included in family activities.  Family members that do not establish appropriate leadership may experience negative traits such as toilet training problems, food/toy guarding and excessive barking.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Tibetan Terrier

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 18 - 30 lbs (8 - 14 kg); 36 - 41 cm
  • General Temperament: Amiable, Lively & Loyal
  • General Description: A desirable affectionate & loyal companion for the active owner.
  • Note: Crufts 2007 Best in Show - Tibetan Terrier, "Fabulous Willy".

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements   x      


Brief History

Like the name, the Tibetan Terrier originated in Tibet, where they lived in monasteries and were never bought or sold, rather given as gifts for luck to the rare visitor. Although the breed itself dates back to the 1700's, it was not until the 1920's & 30's that it gained popularity and earned recognition in Europe and later in England.


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