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Contrary to its name, the Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier. It is a companion dog according to the FCI classification, a working dog in terms of origin. Nowadays it is considered almost exclusively as a favorite, it is used only for herding and signaling in her homeland.



Medium-sized, long-haired, square (square) dog with solid bones. He wears his tail curled on his back. His eyes are dark brown and his nose is black. The coat is double-layered, the undercoat is soft, the top coat is rich, straight or slightly wavy. All colors are allowed except chocolate and liver brown. The latter hairs are paired with a brown nose and often green eyes. Breeding of Tibetan Terriers of this color is not recommended.

Height at withers: ~ 35-40cm, Weight: 10-14kg. Age: 15-18 years.



Probably due to the close coexistence with the nomads, the wonderful features of the Tibetan Terrier that have survived to this day have developed. This breed is extremely intelligent, adaptable, persistent and a very good survivor. The most important thing for him is the “herd”, the family.

On the Tibetan Plateau, humans and animals alike have to contend with the forces of nature to survive. This can only be achieved through coordinated cooperation. This is based on unconditional trust. Nomads could safely entrust their dogs with the management of their rotten animals, herding their flocks, guarding their tents, and even caring for their children. From here, his extremely good signal skills could also be maintained. He does this with a loud, short bark in the event of unusual noise or the arrival of strangers. It doesn’t bark unnecessarily unless you want to say something.

Thanks to its adaptability, it is a tireless companion for both the elderly person living alone and the sporty, active young owner and children. He loves to travel, he quickly finds himself in foreign places. So we can take it with us to travel, vacation and "winter". Most Tibetan terriers love snow. They chase good people, swarm in it. The important thing for a Tibetan Terrier is to be with its owner. Due to its balance, it lies calmly at the owner’s feet while it is working, but he is always watching, able to play at any time. They like to play ball, chase with the owner. Thanks to their agility and harmonious relationship with their owner, they can become successful agility dogs. His tireless playfulness persists until his old age. In old age, they are just as hilarious and fun as puppies. Peaceful, friendly dogs who like to snuggle up to the owner, but also aristocratic personalities, full of pride. But their eyes betray them, because playfulness and mischief always shine in it.

Of course, all of these characteristics only show up when treated as equals. He stubbornly responds to coercion and command. He's not doing anything he doesn't understand. You have to talk to him the same way two people talk to him. She loves to listen and wants to know about everything, but is not intrusively curious. They remain polite to strangers but aloof from them until they get to know each other better.


The origins of the Tibetan varieties can be traced back thousands of years, and the full history of their development will probably never be known. According to Tibetan religion, during reincarnation, a person can return to the land as a dog, which has brought quite a lot of respect to these animals. Killing or selling this carrier of the soul was a grave sin. As a sign of special respect, as an exception, a dog was allowed to be given as a gift as a fortune. As a consequence of the old faith, the llama  so he received tiny, mostly white or golden puppies from the shepherds as gifts. At the same time, the monks donated larger copies of the litter to the shepherds in exchange for food.

While Tibetans called shaggy, long-haired little dogs “apso” (meaning: covered with lots and lots of fur) without further defining the difference, today we distinguish two lines: the big (Tibetan Terrier) and the small apostle (lhasa apso). The name terrier leads to misunderstandings because there is nothing terrier-like about it in terms of either its character or characteristics.

Thanks to Dr. Agnes RH Greig, an English doctor, the breed has reached Europe. In 1922, he underwent successful surgery on the wife of an influential Tibetan man in Cawnpore. As a token of the family’s gratitude, a Tibetan Terrier bitch presented him with a puppy called Bunti. The first litter was born in India on Christmas 1924. In 1926, the first three Tibetan terriers arrived in England, Bunti and two puppies. Dr. Agnes Greig's mother, Mrs. A. Renton Greig, founded the famous Ladkok kennel with these three dogs. Later, Tibetan terriers arrived from India. The first litter was born in England in 1927. Most Tibetan terriers in Europe are descendants of these dogs. The first Tibetan Terrier arrived in Hungary in the 1980s. The first litter was born in 1988 in the kennel Éva Dsans-Blun of Ms. Molnár Lángi. Several winning and kennel founding dogs came out of here.

source: wikipedia

Tibetan Terrier

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