Tibetan Terrier

Other names: Tibetan Terrier, Lhasa Terrier, Dhoki Apso, Tibetan Terrier

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The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog, with a robust constitution and determined expression. He is recognizable by her dress generously trimmed with long hair covering almost all of her body. This one is writable in a square.



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Hair type Long
Origin Tibet
Template Average
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 13 kg From 37 cm to 41 cm
Male From 8 kg to 13 kg From 37 cm to 41 cm
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History of the breed

If it is today appreciated as a companion dog for its gentleness and its lack of aggression, the Tibetan Terrier was formerly mainly used as a guard dog, especially by merchants who passed through China. This function was induced more by its dissuasive aspect (it inspired a certain fear at the time, because it was considered sacred) than by real combativeness. He also served as a herding dog.

Contrary to what its name suggests, the Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier. While its deep origins are in Tibet, the breed was developed in Britain. Its introduction in Europe dates from the 1930s and was accelerated under the leadership of Dr. Agnes Greig. The latter discovered this dog while practicing medicine in Kanpur, India, through a female named Lily. The Tibetan Terrier breed was officially recognized by the FCI in December 1957.

Tibetan Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: long, abundant, fine (without being silky or woolly), straight or wavy (never curly), with a fine and woolly undercoat.
Its color: white, gray, cream, gold, black, particolor and tricolor.
His head: well provided with long hairs, falling forward, but never over the eyes. Skull of medium length, moderately shrinking between the ear and the eye. The stop is slightly marked.
His ears: V-shaped, hanging, set high on the sides of the skull and well trimmed with fringes.
His eyes: round, large, fairly wide apart and dark brown in color.
His body: muscular, powerful, with a straight back, a short and slightly arched kidney, a horizontal croup and a chest down to the elbow.
Its tail: set high, of medium length, carried happily in a loop above the back, provided with abundant hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Tibetan Terrier is an intelligent, loyal, very sociable and very lively dog. If he hardly ever shows aggression, he remains quite suspicious of strangers and can be a barker. On the other hand, he knows how to show his affection to his master, to whom he devotes a true adoration, as well as to his family and more particularly the children. Today less gifted for guarding than many of his congeners, the Tibetan Terrier is nevertheless an excellent companion dog who will communicate his natural cheerfulness and enthusiasm to those around him. It is also ideal for living with children.

Although kind and peaceful, the Tibetan Terrier is naturally stubborn, which implies a firm education on the part of the master. Intelligent, he needs to understand the usefulness of what is asked of him in order to perform. When this is the case, he works with his full potential. Along with firmness, play and encouragement should therefore occupy an important part in his education. He is a good dog for agility.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

While the Tibetan Terrier was originally bred to live outdoors and in harsh climatic conditions, it has adapted perfectly to city and apartment life. Soft and clean, he is happy in the midst of his family, while appreciating being able to move around in a fenced garden. The Tibetan Terrier is mainly intended for people able to show firmness during its education (without balance of power) and to be available to take it out several times a day.


Ease of gaining weight

The Tibetan Terrier is a hardy and resistant dog. It tolerates cold and bad weather quite well. It is sometimes subject to certain abnormalities such as the vascularization of the retina which may cause blindness and hip dysplasia in the medium to long term.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Tibetan Terrier is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Tibetan Terrier remains subject to an annual moult occurring mainly in the spring. Apart from the moult, the hair loss is not very important. Her upkeep is important because of her considerably thick dress.

The Tibetan Terrier needs 2 good daily outings, but its exercise demands are not exaggerated.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of his coat, as well as his skin. The frequency of brushing must, however, increase during the moult, becoming daily. The inside of the ears should be inspected and cleaned regularly.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Tibetan Terrier is between 900 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Tibetan Terrier is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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