Non-sporting Breeds

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 14-16 in (35.5-40.5cm) Bitch: slightly smaller
Weight: 20-24 lb (9-11 kg)
Coat: Soft, woolly undercoat; long, fine outer coat that can be straight or wavy
Color: Any color or combination of colors

The Tibetan Terrier is not really a terrier at all, having no history of going to earth, but resembles a small Old English Sheepdog. Like other little Tibetan dogs, it appears not to have been bred for any purpose other than that of companion dog. Of ancient lineage, the Tibetan Terrier is said to have been bred in Tibetan monasteries, and specimens used to be presented to travelers as mascots and to bring luck. The breed was included in the Tibetan Breeds Association register in 1934 and now has its own standard. The Tibetan Terrier might prove the ideal pet for those who admire the Old English Sheepdog but cannot house such a large animal. This appealing, shaggy little dog is also worth choosing for its own sake. It is loyal, sturdy, a good walker, and devoted to its owners and to children, but a little apprehensive of strangers. Its long coat needs regular attention.
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