Who are those funny little dogs and where
did they come from?
I took excerpts from the Tibetan Terrier Standard to make it easier for someone looking for a puppy to understand what purebred Tibetan Terriers should look like.
Pet owners who are not actively showing a dog will need to have this breed groomed on a regular basis. When having your TT groomed, it is important to talk with the groomer about having the cut done in a way to preserve the "look" of Tibetan Terriers in full coat. For example, the tail should not be trimmed, the ears should have a "V" shape, the feet should have a "snowshoe" appearance, and the facial hair/beard should be trimmed to look as close as possible to a TT in full coat.
Pet owners who would like to keep their TT in "full coat" will need to understand how to groom and the amount of time involved.
Most people who own Tibetan Terriers for pets have them cut on a regular basis.
The following information contains excerpts from the official Tibetan Terrier Breed Standard found on the American Kennel Club www.AKC.org.
When showing a dog in confirmation competitions, the dog/bitches are required to comply to this Breed Standard.
" ... The Tibetan Terrier evolved over many centuries, surviving in Tibet's extreme climate and difficult terrain. The breed developed a protective double coat, compact size, unique foot construction, and great agility. The Tibetan Terrier served as a steadfast, devoted companion in all of his owner's endeavors.
General Appearance: The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog, profusely coated, of powerful build, and square in proportion. A fall of hair covers the eyes and foreface. The well-feathered tail curls up and falls forward over the back. The feet are large, flat, and round in shape producing a snowshoe effect that provides traction. The Tibetan Terrier is well balanced and capable of both strong and efficient movement.
Head: - The head is well furnished with long hair, falling forward over the eyes and foreface. Muzzle - The lower jaw has a small amount of beard. Nose - Black. Teeth - White, strong and evenly placed. Eyes - Large, set fairly wide apart, dark brown and may appear black in color. Ears - Heavily feathered with a "V" shape.
Body: Neck - Length proportionate to the body and head. Body - Compact, square and strong, capable of both speed and endurance. Topline - The back is level in motion. Chest - Heavily furnished. Tail - Medium length, heavily furnished, set on fairly high and falls forward over the back, may curl to either side. There may be a kink near the tip. Legs - Heavily furnished. Feet - The feet of the Tibetan Terrier are unique in form among dogs. They are large, flat, and round in shape producing a snowshoe effect that provides traction. The pads are thick and strong. They are heavily furnished with hair between the toes and pads. Hair between the toes and pads may be trimmed level with the underside of the pads for health reasons.
Coat: Double coat. Undercoat is soft and woolly. Outer coat is profuse and fine but never silky or woolly. May be wavy or straight. Coat is long but should not hang to the ground. The coat of puppies is shorter, single and often has a softer texture than that of adults. A natural part is often present over the neck and back.
Color: Any color or combination of colors including white are acceptable to the breed. There are no preferred colors or combinations of colors.
Size: Average weight is 20 to 24 pounds, but the weight range may be 18 to 30 pounds. The average height in dogs is 15 to 16 inches, bitches slightly smaller.
Temperament: The Tibetan Terrier is highly intelligent, sensitive, loyal, devoted and affectionate. The breed may be cautious or reserved."