In spite of its name, this dog breed is not derived from terrier stock, but was originally bred in Tibet as herding dog. There was some confusion among the various Tibetan breeds when they first became more widely known in the West during the early years of the present century, but the Tibetan Terrier dog breed was subsequently acknowledged by the Kennel Club in Great Britain during 1937. In the United States, it was only recognized for showing purposes as recently as 1973.
Coat Type/Colour: Shaggy; wide variety
Height: 14 – 16 Inch (35.5 – 40.5 cm)
Weight: 18 – 30 lb (8.2. – 13.6 kg)
Nature: Very hardy, affectionate
Aside from their herding activities, these shaggy dogs were highly valued as companions in their homeland, and the reasons for this are not hard to recognize today. They are happy, friendly dogs with a tolerant disposition towards children. Their coat, which is now more profuse than in the past, creating a very elegant appearance, will need daily brushing to prevent it from becoming tangled.
These terriers can be bred in a wide range of colours, with only liver or chocolate being frowned upon in show circles. While in its early days the Tibetan Terrier was shown in a tousled state, many hours of preparatory work are now essential when benching these dogs.