Tibetan Terrier
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Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) is the World Canine Organisation, which includes members (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.




14 to 16 inches (36-41 cm)


20 to 24 lbs, however, the weight may range from 18 to 30 lbs
Weight should be proportionate to height, maintaining a sturdy, compact build.

Breed Profile:

The Tibetan Terrier (often called TTs) originated in the Lost Valley of Tibet and was regarded as a holy dog and one who brought good luck to those who owned them. These dogs were never sold but rather, visitors to the Lost Valley were often given a dog to safeguard them on their journey. It is believed that TTs were raised as companions for hundreds of years by the monks that lived high in the mountains of Tibet.

The breed is not really a Terrier in that he was never used to "go to ground" after burrowing animals or to hunt vermin as other Terriers were bred to do. It is believed that the Terrier term was used only because of the breed's similarity in size to the average Terrier. He is a medium sized dog but often referred to as "a large dog in a small dog's body" because he has a personality that is more often seen in larger breeds. The TT is born a companion dog and he should not be left alone for long periods of time. Though, he may be slightly cautious and reserved toward strangers, he is affectionate and devoted to his family as well as sensitive and intelligent.

He is capable of tremendous endurance and agility and does well in the winter with his unique round feet that produce a snowshoe effect. His outer coat is long, profuse and fine but never silky or wooly and he has a soft, wooly undercoat. Any colour or comination of colours are acceptable but he must have a black nose.

Health Issues

As with all breeds of dogs, the Tibetan Terrier breed is known to be affected by some hereditary disorders. Incidences of hip dysplasia, PRA and lens luxation have been seen in the breed. The Tibetan Terrier Club of America recommends that all breeding stock have OFA and CERF certification before breeding.

If you are considering the adoption of a Tibetan Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

In order to keep the Tibetan Terrier's coat from matting, regular grooming is required.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Tibetan Terrier Pedigree Database
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More