Learn About the Tibetan Terrier

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The breed originated in the “Lost Valley” of Tibet

The Tibetan Terrier came from a region of Tibet known as the “Lost Valley,” so-named because an earthquake destroyed the major road that allowed access to the valley in the 14th century. The Buddhist monks kept them as companions, watchdogs and as good luck charms. This also earned them the title of the 'Holy Dogs of Tibet'.

They have unique “snowshoe” feet

Their feet are round in shape, the pads are thick and strong with abundant hair between the toes and pads, giving Tibetan Terriers snowshoe-like traction.This unique physical attribute helped Tibetan Terriers navigate the snowy, mountainous terrain in their native Tibet.

TTs are agile and athletic

Tibetan Terriers are surefooted powerful jumpers since they use to be working in extreme climates and difficult terrain. Nowadays Tibetan Terriers enjoy long walks with their owners and love activities such as agility, rally, and nose work.

They are amiable and affectionate family dogs

These dogs are sensitive, loyal, and devoted to their owners. Tibetan Terriers are good with children and other pets and appreciate relationships based on cooperation, trust, and respect.

They are highly intelligent and can be mischievous

Tibetan Terriers have an independent streak and, though they are quick learners, may choose not to follow directions and will shut down if training is repetitive or harsh. Use positive reinforcement and reward-based training to teach Tibetan Terriers basic commands and new tricks.

Source: AKC, Wikipedia

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