Tibetan Terrier Breed Profile


The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog, profusely coated, of powerful build, and square in proportion. A fall of hair covers the eyes and foreface. The well-feathered tail curls up and falls forward over the back. The feet are large, flat, and round in shape producing a snowshoe effect that provides traction. The Tibetan Terrier is well balanced and capable of both strong and efficient movement. The Tibetan Terrier is shown as naturally as possible.


Any color or combination of colors including white are acceptable to the breed.


The Tibetan Terrier is highly intelligent, sensitive, loyal, devoted and affectionate. The breed may be cautious or reserved.


The Tibetan Terrier is one of the oldest breeds known to man. They originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet, and were often given as gifts to travelers that made the treacherous journey to the Valley. Tibetans were considered to be luck bringers or Holy Dogs, raised by the Tibetan Monks in the monasteries. It is believed that the Tibetan Terriers bloodlines should remain pure; otherwise they would loose their luck.

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