The Tibetan Terrier is a loving, sensitive, loyal, protective, fun and outgoing dog. He is extremely devoted to his family and becomes very attached to everyone in it. He's strong, athletic, lively and playful, but easily adjusts to your pace and your schedule, and is just as happy to snooze on the carpet as jump up and go for a romp in the park. What he wants above all is to be part of your daily life, your travels and your adventures. He is not a dog who can be left alone in a yard. He is sensitive to your moods, sweet and gentle. He is cheerful and friendly with all those he knows, although he may be cautious and reserved around strangers. If he doesn't feel like socializing, he will turn away and go off by himself; but for the most part he is amiable and happy. He makes a very good watchdog because he is alert and protective, but not aggressive toward people. He will sound a very loud, confident bark that sounds like a siren rising when he senses trouble or a threat. He is not a yappy dog, and generally barks only when necessary. He's a moderate-energy dog with a great deal of stamina. He's relatively mild and inactive inside the house, yet since he's also strong and capable he needs regular outdoor exercise, including a long daily walk and chances to romp and run free in a safe area. Since he loves to run off you will need to keep him on a leash when out walking. He loves to play and is bouncy and catlike, grabbing and batting at balls with his paws. He is good with other pets. He's especially playful and friendly with older, responsible children, although he's too sensitive for very young ones, and should be socialized with children from the time he is a puppy. He's a trainable dog who is eager to please you and who learns quickly. He can seem stubborn and independent-minded at times, and in some cases appears slow to learn. But this is usually because he's learned very quickly how to avoid doing what he doesn't like to do! He practically doesn't shed, and so would be a good pet if you dislike dog hair!
The Tibetan Terrier is 14 to 17 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 18 to 28 pounds. He has a double coat consisting of a long, fine, slightly wavy outercoat and a soft, woolly undercoat. His coat color can be black, white, gold, sable, brown, fawn, gray, red, silver or a combination of colors.
He only needs an occasional brushing.
The Tibetan Terrier is a breed that can be traced back almost 2,000 years to the monasteries and countryside of Tibet, where he was used as a watchdog and as a sheepdog. He is not really a terrier, although he resembles a terrier in size. He was never sold by the monks but only given as a gift, and was thought to bring good luck. In the 1920's the first "TT's" arrived in England and were used to establish the first kennel. In 1956 several more were brought to the United States. Although he is still a somewhat rare dog in America, he is widely known for being a wonderful companion and family pet. He was admitted to the AKC in 1973.