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Tibetan Terrier


General Information - Tibetan Terrier


Group:
Non Sporting

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Medium

Grooming:
High

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
High

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
Tibet

Date of Origin:
Ancient times

Other Names:
Dhokhi Apso

Original Function:
Herder, good luck charm, companion



History

The Tibetan Terrier, also known as the Dhokhi Apso, is an ancient breed that dates back to the Middle Ages. It originates from the rugged terrain and climate of Tibet where it was used to herd stock and to guard, amongst other duties, but not as a Terrier. It was kept by the monks as well in monasteries and considered a treasured gift. It is one of the relatives of the Lhasa Apso, the Shih Tzu, and the Tibetan Spaniel. The breed was first introduced to Europe in the 1930s where it became a companion dog.

Temperament

This little companion dog loves people. Tibetan Terriers are lively and outgoing and were once kept and treasured in Tibetan monasteries. Affectionate and lively, the friendly Tibetan Terrier dog breed is somewhat reserved around strangers. A Tibetan Terrier's bark is unique in the way it raises in pitch and volume as it continues to bark.

Upkeep

The Tibetan Terrier likes to run and explore, and needs daily exercise in a safe area. Its needs can also be met by a vigorous game in the yard or a moderately long walk on leash. Although capable of living outdoors in temperate or modestly cool climates, it is better as an indoor, or indoor/outdoor, dog. Its long coat needs thorough brushing or combing once or twice a week.