Tibetan Terrier

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

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

Tibetan TerrierThis 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. Many owners affectionately say they 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. Interesting, the breed has round, flat feet that resemble a horseshoe and provide enhanced traction, which was definitely needed in the snowy climate of Tibet.

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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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