Tibetan Terrier


"Playful, shaggy, and energetic, the Tibetan Terrier has a mind of his own... "They are escape artists"...

"(often called TTs) [they] regularly surprise their owners with such feats as remembering where they put something and using their paws to open containers. "They can use their front paws as hands," says Susan Carr...

"Intelligent and trainable, TTs also have an independent spirit. Just as likely to disobey as obey, they need a firm boss. However, their enthusiasm and desire to please make them pleasant housemates when they receive solid training....

"Tibetan Terriers are not actually terriers...

"Originally raised by monks in the mountains of Tibet about 2,000 years ago, Tibetan Terriers served mainly as companion dogs...

"..it was believed that no one would hurt a traveler lucky enough to have received a Tibetan Terrier. For this reason, they were sometimes called the Good Luck Dog...

"Grooming: Daily brushing; may be trimmed for easier maintenance.

"Weight: 20 to 24 pounds.

"Activity level: Moderate, very adaptable.

"The breed standard prizes the long, often multicolored coat, which requires frequent brushing and grooming but doesn't shed...

"..what TTs really love to do is jump... generally a healthy breed, remain agile for a long while...

"Great with children, TTs make terrific family dogs, and their hand-like paws make them good huggers. "Tibetans will put their paws around you like humans put their hand," Potter says..." (Quasha, Jennifer. "He'll Suit You To A TT." Dog Fancy, Nov. 2003, 52-53).


Links:

Tibetan Terrier Club of America


Colby Glass, MLIS