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The Tibetan Terrier, a dog with no aggression

As its name suggests, the Tibetan Terrier is a breed originating from Tibet. Medium-sized with a long coat, the dog is appreciated for its lack of aggressiveness. Intelligent and energetic, it is used as a shepherd dog in its country of origin.

Characteristics of the Tibetan Terrier

Compared to ordinary sheepdogs, the Tibetan Terrier is much smaller in size. It measures between 35 and 40 cm for a weight around 12 kg. This is why it is mostly adopted as a pet in Europe. It is only in its country of origin, Tibet, that it is used as a sheepdog. Although it is small in size, it is nevertheless very robust, with a muscular and powerful body. Its coat is extremely abundant and covers its entire body. In terms of color, it often wears a white or gray coat, but it is also possible that it has three different colors. In this case, we can detect a little black, and golden. It has a massive head and a short muzzle and its hanging ears covered with hair fall on both sides of its skull.

History of the Tibetan Terrier breed

The Tibetan Terrier originated in Tibet, however the breed was developed in England in the 1930s after Dr. Agnes Greig made its discovery during a mission to Kanpur. In the past, the animal accompanied the merchants of Tibet as a guard dog. In its role, it inspired fear, not because of its aggressiveness, but because the breed was considered sacred in its country of origin. In addition to that, he had a real aptitude to guard the herds. If its name suggests it, the Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all. Officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1957, the breed is nowadays particularly appreciated by families.

Living conditions and behavior of the Tibetan Terrier

If it was bred for an outdoor life, the Tibetan Terrier adapts perfectly to a life in apartment, as long as it can make its walk once or twice a day. However, it is important to know that although he is almost never aggressive, he is by nature a barker. This could have a consequence on your neighborhood relations. The ideal home for him is a house with a garden surrounded by a loving family. Sociable and affectionate, he loves the company of his masters and especially of children. In order for the cohabitation to be always harmonious, it is necessary to educate the Tibetan Terrier. Indeed, the animal has a strong character. It is thus necessary to know to be firm with him without using violence.

Food and health of the Tibetan Terrier

To preserve its health, it is important that its food is balanced. Industrial food is the best choice since it already contains the nutrients necessary for his growth. But nothing prevents you from concocting a good home-made meal. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you give your dog the right amount of food for his age, size and activity level. Also, be careful with treats because this breed has a certain tendency to gain weight quickly. Apart from this aspect, the female dog is rather solid. Some health problems can still be detected in the Tibetan Terrier, namely hip dysplasia or blindness. This is why it is important to take out health insurance for him.