The Tibetan terrier evolved as an all-purpose dog, able to accompany its owner on any job. It is square-proportioned, compact and powerfully built. Its double coat, consisting of a profuse fine, long (straight or slightly wavy) outer coat and a soft wooly undercoat, provided protection from the harsh Tibetan climate. Long hair falls forward over the eyes and foreface. The feet are large, flat and round, producing a snowshoe effect for maximum traction in difficult terrain. The stride is free and effortless.
Gentle and amiable, the Tibetan terrier makes a charming, dependable companion both indoors and out. It is equally up for an adventure in the field, a game in the yard or a snooze in the house. It is sensitive, very companionable and willing to please.
The Tibetan Terrier, also known as Tsang Apso and Dokhi Apso, is a dog of medium size that originated in Tibet. The interesting fact about this dog breed is that even though there is a ‘terrier’ in his name, he does not belong to the dog group of terriers. European travelers gave them this name because of his resemblance to popular terrier dogs.
The Tibetan Terrier does not have a high sensitivity level, which means that he adapts well to most lifestyles, be it urban environment, a noisy household or an eccentric owner who has an unusual lifestyle. Even though he has a fluffy and long coat he adapts well to cold weather and high temperatures which make him a very tough and sturdy dog. However, you should keep in mind that what this dog does not tolerate at all is definitely being alone.
When it comes to health and grooming, that can be a bit tricky. The Tibetan Terrier has a fluffy and long coat that requires regular grooming and brushing. If you are not up to this task then hiring a professional to do it instead is a must. Additionally, this dog breed sheds a lot, which means that unless you want to be covered in tons of fur all the time, you will need to brush your pet regularly, or even daily.
The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all, but is an ancient Tibetan herding breed, believed to be the progenitor of the Lhasa Apso and other Eastern European herding breeds.
It was also used as a guard dog of the Tibetan monasteries and was often referred to as a "holy dog" and was thought to bring good luck. In 1956 Dr. Henry and Mrs. Alice Murphy of Great Falls, Virginia, imported the first Tibetan Terriers into the USA and later got them recognized with the AKC in 1973.
He might be of medium size, but he loves being playful! He is also very affectionate and loves being cared for, so you should never keep him alone. Give him all your attention and love and you’ll receive lots of care and affection from your beloved friend.
Some of the Tibetan Terrier's talents include: being a watchdog, agility and competitive obedience.