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Breed origin: Tibet
Original purpose: Bred and raised in the monasteries by the Lamas.
AKC recognized: 1973
AKC group: Non-Sporting
Weight: 18 to 30 lbs
Size: Height: 14 to 17 inches
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Any color or combination of colors including white.
12 to 17 years.
The Tibetan Terrier is highly intelligent, playful, agile, sensitive, loyal, devoted, and affectionate. They may be cautious or reserved with strangers, but are loving with their family and make excellent family pets. They are adaptable to the lifestyle of their family, and are content to be either couch potatoes or active participants in family activities and/or canine sports such as agility.
Good with children?
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Yes with well-behaved children.
Good with other dogs?
OK in apartments?
Yes if given enough exercise.
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Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, obedience, agility, flyball, rally, tracking
The long, profuse, double coat grows continually and needs to be trimmed periodically and brushed frequently to prevent mats.
Known health problems:
Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation, hypothyroidism, cataracts, canine neuronal ceroid lipfuscinosis, patellar luxation.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Tibetan Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Tibetan Terrier Club of America Rescue