Tibetan Terrier

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This pup originated in the Tibetan monasteries nearly 2,000 years ago and served as close companions of the Lama teachers. Perhaps that is why the Tibetan Terrier has so many humanlike qualities.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 4in
Weight: 19-30lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Tibetan Terrier Information

Many owners affectionately say their Tibetan Terriers are humans in dog bodies! Affectionate, smart, and sensitive, the Tibetan Terrier responds well to positive training and gets bored easily with repetitive tasks – not unlike many people you may know.

Tibetan Terriers stand out for their striking appearance and bear a close resemblance to their cousin the Lhasa Apso only they’re larger in size at 20-30 pounds. They still have the same luscious locks that cover their eyes and face as well as a puffy tail that curls up over the back. Interestingly, the breed has round flat feet that resemble a horseshoe and provide enhanced traction, which was definitely needed in the snowy climate of Tibet.


The Tibetan Terrier is thought to have originated in the region of Tibet as far back as the 8th century. This medium-sized pup was treasured by monks for its hypoallergenic fur, faithful temperaments, and ability to assist in herding duties.

From their inception, the Tibetan Terrier was selectively bred for various desired traits. As these little pups began to spread outward from their Tibetan homes, they were crossed with other local breeds, producing an increasingly varied array of sizes, coats, and temperaments.

The breed’s popularity grew as they were prized by nobility and wealthy families throughout Europe and the Middle East. They were even given as gifts to the English royal family. By the late 19th century, they could be found throughout Europe and were even included in some of the earliest breed standards.

Tibetan Terrier Training and Temperament

While they are undoubtedly intelligent and quick to learn, these pups require a gentle and patient approach to training. They are also known to be independently-minded, meaning they need plenty of routine and structure to help them stay focused on the task at hand. With consistency, they can become obedient and dutiful canines, eager to please their owners.

While they are not prone to barking or aggression, The Tibetan Terrier can be quite protective of their family and may alert their owners to unfamiliar visitors. But don’t let their watchful nature fool you – these pups are also known to be friendly and cuddly, which makes them the perfect family pet.

Tibetan Terrier Exercise

The Tibetan Terrier is an agile, tireless, and spirited dog breed whose exercise needs are as varied as their personality. From long, leisurely walks to heart-pumping runs, they enjoy an active lifestyle. Furthermore, these pups have an inherent drive to explore the world around them, so it’s important to provide them with plenty of opportunities to do so.

In addition to their physical exercise needs, mental stimulation is also essential for Tibetan Terriers. Puzzles, treks around new terrain, and interactive playtime can help provide them with the mental stimulation they require. Mental stimulation helps keep these pups from becoming bored, which can lead to destructive behaviors. Additionally, providing them with plenty of socialization opportunities is vital for their emotional well-being. From meeting new people to making friends with other canines, Tibetan Terriers are sure to benefit from socialization.

Tibetan Terrier Grooming

The Tibetan Terrier is a breed that is not only known for its striking good looks, but also for its low-maintenance grooming needs considering it’s shaggy hair. While they have a thick double coat that requires regular brushing, they are somewhat low-shedding. Additionally, they have a unique feature known as a “powder puff” coat, which requires a gentle hand when brushing. With minimal trimming, their coat will maintain its beautiful appearance.

These pups enjoy a good bath on occassion. Trim their nails regularly, as well as clean their ears to prevent any buildup of wax or debris.

Sources: AKC

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Tibetan Terriers be apartment dogs?

Tibetan Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Tibetan Terriers be left alone?

While Tibetan Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Tibetan Terriers good with kids?

Tibetan Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Tibetan Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Tibetan Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Tibetan Terriers get along with other dogs?

Although Tibetan Terriers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Tibetan Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Tibetan Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Tibetan Terriers shed a lot?

Tibetan Terriers shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Tibetan Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Although Tibetan Terriers require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Tibetan Terriers need a lot of exercise?

The Tibetan Terrier has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Tibetan Terriers easy to train?

Although Tibetan Terriers can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Tibetan Terriers handle cold weather?

Tibetan Terriers do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Tibetan Terriers handle hot weather?

Tibetan Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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