The Tibetan Terrier is a cheerful pet. Here is your informative A-list of Tibetan Terrier. The Tibetan Terrier is also known as Tsang Apso. This Tibetan Terrier dog breed was originated from Tibet and contributed the development of Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel. They are all an ancient dog breed. Two thousand years ago, Tibetan monk kept this dog breed and only given away as gift. They believed Tibetan Terrier was a lucky charm. The Tibetan Terrier was used as companion or watchdog. In 1920s, first Tibetan Terrier was brought to England by Dr. A. R. H. Grieg. Tibetan Terriers are not belonging to terrier breed. They were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1973. Today, Tibetan Terrier is a lovely family pet around the world.

Facts about Tibetan Terrier

  • Temperament – The Tibetan Terrier is charming, determined, fun, intelligent, loyal, lively, mild, mischievous, sensitive, sociable and sweet. They thrive on human companionship. Do not leave them alone for long period else they will become destructive. Tibetan Terriers need a lot of attention from owner. This dog breed suitable for non-experienced dog owner. They tend to bark a lot and it makes them a good watchdog. Early socialization and obedience training is need for Tibetan Terrier puppies. They are excelling in agility or competitive obedience.
  • Appearance – The Tibetan Terrier has a compact medium-sized body. They have a moderate head with a moderate stop. They come with a pair of large dark brown eyes which set wide apart. The ears are pendant and usually covered by its long hair. They have a black nose and the muzzle is short. The chest is heavily furnished. The Tibetan Terrier has strong legs and the feet are round with thick pads. The front legs are slightly shorter than hind legs. The tail is feathered. They have a beautiful double coat. The outer coat is profuse and fine whereas the under coat is dense and soft.

Here are some Tibetan Terrier pictures

Tibetan Terrier Breed Information

Size Medium
Height 36 – 43 cm (male and female)
Weight 8 – 13 kg (male and female)
Colour All colors and patterns
Group Non-sporting Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 5 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walks are needed. Let them play and roam around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Regular grooming and combing is needed. Never comb a dry coat. Use mild shampoo when bathing. This dog breed is a light shedder
Environment Indoor or small fenced yard
Barking Slightly above average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC


The common health issue for Tibetan Terrier is prone to hip dysplasia or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Tibetan Terrier from Tibetan Terrier rescue or look for Tibetan Terrier Puppies for sale from Tibetan Terrier breeders.

Tibetan Terrier