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Tibetan Terrier

A fury sweetness! (other names: Dhoki Apso)

Tibetan Terrier
origin:Tibet
life expectancy:13 to 14 years
classification:Companion
height:36 to 41 cm
weight:8 to 14 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Coldin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Small-Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Tibetan Terriers were bred by Tibetan monks that considered them to be lucky charms. Because of this, the dogs weren’t sold, because no one wanted to sell way their luck, but they were presented as a gift. This breed has contributed to the development of practically all the Tibetan breeds, like the Shih-Tzu and the Lhasa Apso, which ironically became much more popular than the original breed.

The Tibetan Terrier isn´t part of the terrier family. This breed got his name because European travelers were reminded of the terriers back home, when they first laid eyes on this breed.

The Tibetan Terrier was always seen as a companion and not a worker, which wasn’t very common, several hundreds of years ago. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Tibetan Terrier is a great pet, very affectionate and playful, he likes to be with his family to whom he is extremely devoted. He expects company at all times.

They are aloof towards strangers, but never aggressive. They make excellent watchdogs due to their tendency to bark, but not that good guard dogs.

Highly intelligent, the Tibetan Terrier can also be stubborn. They are good with children, since they are gentle and calm, but they don´t like the abuse, due to their sensitive nature.

Although relatively inactive indoors, which makes him good for apartment life, the Tibetan Terrier is very energetic and daily walks and frequent romps should be provided. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog with 36 to 41 cm and 8 to 14 kg. With few terriers characteristics, the Tibetan Terrier looks more like the sheepdogs.

Powerful and with squared proportions, this breed has a unique feet structure, large and flat, good for walking in the snow. Extremely well adapted for that kind of weather is also the coat. Dense, long, flat or wavy, but never curly, the coat is profuse, covering the entire body and hanging over the eyes. This breed can be of any color, being the lighter shades more common.

The nose should be black and the eyes dark. The tail curls up over the back.

The Tibetan Terrier as distinctive bark: the pitch and volume increases at the end of the howl.  
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Health [ edit ]

The coat of the Tibetan Terrier doens´t need to be brushed every day, but the grooming should be done two to three times a week. These dogs also need to be frequently washed.

The major health concerns in this breed are hip dysplasia and eye related problems.
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