Ch. Dalghani's Tsering-La
The Tibetan Terrier originally came from the Himalayan country
of Tibet. There, the breed was raised mainly by the lamas
in monasteries, and was kept purebred for over 2,000 years.
The lamas kept the Tibetan Terriers as companions, good luck
charms and watchdogs. They were never sold but were given
as gifts to promote good fortune or as a mark of great respect.
The Tibetan Terrier is not actually a Terrier. He does not
have the true Terrier disposition, nor does he go to ground.
The breed received the name because their size was comparable
to many Terriers and was smaller than the hunting breeds.
The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized, shaggy dog of
sturdy build, square in proportion, measuring 14 to 16 inches at the
shoulder and weighing from 18 to 30 pounds.
The breed has a profuse double coat, the undercoat being very soft
and woolly. The outer coat has the texture of human hair,
is straight or slightly wavy but never silky or curly. It
is long but must not hang to the ground.
Tibetan Terriers have a heavy fall of hair over the eyes
and face and plumed tail set high and carried over the back.
Their feet are unique among dogs. They are large, flat and round
with no arch, producing a snowshoe effect suitable for traction
on rough ground.
Am Can Ch. Dalghani's Nag-Po Jo-Nah, CD
Tibetan Terriers come in a wide range of colors, including white,
gold, tricolor, brindle, silver, black and many parti-color
variations. There is no preferred color yet some judges tend
to consider certain colours more than others.
TTs are totally natural, not docked, cropped, clipped, scissored are changed in any way. As the double coat is profuse, they must be brushed and bathed on a regular basis. That's all that is required to make them look appealing.
Linda Lindt Photo
Ch. Malishar's Shang Zu Dalghani
Tibetan Terriers are noted for their intelligence -often outwitting
their owners-, loyalty, affection and amiable disposition. They must
be accepted as part of the family and should not be ignored or left
alone for long periods of time or live exclusively in a kennel or
outdoors. They are completely devoted to their family and very sensitive
to the mood of all family members.
They blossom with early socialization and good every-day
care. They often don't readily accept strangers, which is
unfortunate, because their aloofness is sometimes interpreted
as a lack of gentleness.
TTs make excellent watchdogs. They bark if anyone approaches, but
do not keep up constant yapping once they have sounded the
They are very intelligent and can be trained (using positive
methods) for conformation, obedience, agility, tracking and
Small enough to live comfortably in a city apartment, yet sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of outdoor life with lots of room to run, the Tibetan Terriers's size as well as its temperament, make the breed well suited for its role as a companion dog.