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Tibetan Terrier

Breed origin: Tibet
Original purpose: Bred and raised in the monasteries by the Lamas.

AKC recognized: 1973
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 18 to 30 lbs
Size: Height: 14 to 17 inches
6-year-old adult
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Color: Any color or combination of colors including white.

Life span: 12 to 17 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes with well-behaved children.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes if given enough exercise.

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Intelligent? Highly

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate/High

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, obedience, agility, flyball, rally, tracking

Grooming requirement: 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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Recommended books for further reading:

Tibetan Terrier (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Anne Keleman
Published in 1997
93 pages

Tibetan Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe, Patricia Peters, and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2006
155 pages

Tibetan Terriers
By Anne Keleman
Published in 1993
192 pages

The Tibetan Terrier Book, Second Edition
By Jane Reif
Published in 1996
271 pages

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

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