More a sheepdog than a terrier
Original Name : Tibetan Terrier
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Dhoki, Apso
Male size : 14-16 inches
Female size : Slightly smaller than the male
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : China
Full of go and good nature, Tibetan Terriers are loyal companions with numerous abilities. Outgoing, alert and intelligent, they are neither fierce nor pugnacious, although they are not overflowing with affection for strangers.
Covered with long hairs falling over the eyes, with a slight beard on the lower jaw.
Very muscular, compact, powerful, length from point of shoulder to base of tail is the same as the height at the withers, straight back, short, slightly curved back, level back.
White, golden, cream, gray or smoke, black, parti-color and tricolor; in fact any color is permitted save chocolate and liver.
Pendant, carried not too close to the head, V shaped, not too large, heavily feathered.
Medium length, set fairly high, carried cheerfully, forming a curl over the back, very well feathered, often with kink near the tip.
Fine, woolly undercoat, profuse, fine topcoat that is, however, neither silky nor woolly, long, either straight or wavy, but not curly.
Tibetan Terriers are robust, medium-sized dogs that are by and large square in shape. They wear the determined expression of a working dog, after centuries employed in their native region not as a terrier, for which they have no aptitude, but as a sheepdog. Their instincts for herding and driving are so well developed that, when out walking with the family, Tibetan Terriers will always turn towards the group. Health-wise, the breed is very sturdy, with an above-average life expectancy.
Did you know ?
The first Tibetan Terrier to make it out of Asia was César. A certain Dr Agnes Greig was given the puppy as a gift for services rendered to one of her patients In India. When she returned to Britain in the 1930’s she took the dog with her, starting her own breeding program.