The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized breed with a square profile and a powerful build. It is characterized by a medium sized head furnished with very long hair that falls forward covering the eyes and a fair amount of beard. Facial features include a black nose, widely-set large, dark brown and oval eyes, and pendant, feathered, v-shaped ears that are carried not too close to the head and set high on the side of the skull. The teeth form a complete scissor or reverse scissor bite which features slightly curved incisors. A muscular neck carries the head well above the level of the back giving a balanced profile. The Tibetan terrier also features straight and heavily furnished front legs with equally well-muscled and well-feathered back legs that carry a muscled, compact and powerful body. The large, round and densely feathered feet give the breed the much needed cushion especially during movement. It has a thick double coat consisting of an outer coat made of long fine hair that is either straight or slightly wavy with a soft, woolly undercoat. The coat comes in white, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours except chocolate or liver.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Tibetan terrier is one of the few dog breeds that have been proven by DNA analysis to come from very ancient lineage. It has a local name in Tibet of “Dhoki Apso” which loosely translates to “shaggy or bearded (Apso) outdoor dog (Dhoki).” There are no written records regarding the ancestors of this breed mainly due to its territory of origin. However, it is claimed that the breed is as old as 2000 years old and was bred in the harsh climates of the Himalayas by Buddhist monks. Although its name suggests that it is a terrier, the breed is not in any sense a member “terrier” group. The name was given to it by European travellers who visited Tibet which reminded them of terriers from their native countries when they first saw the breed. Although true terriers are working dogs, the Tibetan terrier was actually developed as a companion dog and not a worker, but, it nonetheless did occasional chores such as herding flocks. In Tibet, the breed is known as a lucky temple dog and in n the early days, the Tibetan terrier was given as a gift of gratitude. In the early 1920s, an Indian physican named Dr. A. Grieg was presented a Tibetan terrier as a good luck gift which she brought to India where it was first recognized. Being an English colony, it slowly gained ground in England as well (being recognized as a breed in 1937) and then onto the Americans during the 1950s. Today, the Tibetan terrier remains to be uncommon despite efforts by breeders to popularize the breed.
The temperament of the Tibetan terrier has been on of its most attractive aspects (besides its long coat). It is not typically an aggressive or timid breed but as a watchdog, it is fairly reserved around unfamiliar faces. The breed is very energetic and strong with fair amount of endurance and stamina. It is dedicated, strong-minded and intelligent and can sometimes have a stubborn streak. Other lines tend to develop jealousy towards other dogs in the family which makes them quite hard to live with other pets. Although typically not an excessive barker, the Tibetan terrier has a very assertive bark which is compared to that of a rising siren.
Training should be calm and level-headed as the Tibetan terrier is a very trainable breed. Firm and kind handling will have the best effect.
This breed requires extensive amount of grooming and should be brushed every other day with a metal comb to remove loose or dead hairs and prevent tangles from forming. To ease brushing, spray the coat with a mist of water.
With an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years, the Tibetan terrier is a fairly long-lived breed although dogs that lived up to 17 years are not uncommon. However, the Tibetan terrier is susceptible to a variety of medical predispositions, in particular those that are eye- and joint-related including canine hip dysplasia, luxating patella, progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation and cataracts.
A good base diet should have a blend of horse meat, barley, white rice and beet pulp.
This energetic breed is suitable for an apartment living, provided that it is given the right amount of daily physical activity that it requires. This surprisingly agile dog needs regular exercise, preferably daily long walks or an hour of play in an open space such as a romp in the park. Activities which are not only physically demanding but mentally challenging as well are best suited for this breed.
It is an extremely friendly and affectionate family pet which is very sensitive to its master and very gentle with children.