You always wanted a long moustache? Then a Tibetan Terrier might be just the thing for you. Translated, the Tibetan name for the dogs is "Doki-Apsos", which means "long moustaches". In their home country, they are revered as lucky charms. No wonder with the fluffy bundles of energy.
Tibetan Terriers are considered to be playful and friendly, also towards children and other dogs. The members of the FCI group 9 (social and companion dogs) are absolute family dogs. They love to be with you all the time.
Through their intelligence, they often try to impose their own head. Owners must therefore be quite consistent in the education. However, pressure should be avoided. The self-confident, intelligent animals do not like that at all and can sometimes completely switch to stubborn.
It is better to spend a lot of time together. In sports activities like Dog Dance, Agility or Obedience you strengthen the bond with your four-legged friend. In addition, the active animals can really let off steam. This keeps them healthy and fit and can live up to 16 years.
The sturdy, slightly boxy-looking animals are grown between 36 and 43 centimeters tall. The females are slightly smaller. Tibetan Terriers come in a wide variety of colors. Among them are dark variants such as black, gray or smoke, but also light shades such as cream, white and gold. In addition, the coat can be smooth or wavy.
The four-legged friends are certainly not for neat freaks, because they lose hair practically with every step. On the other hand, the fluffy family dogs are all the more suitable for cuddling. Also with children, the affectionate animals are very patient.
Because of their affable, outgoing nature, they are often used as companion or therapy dogs. Towards strangers they are reserved, but not unfriendly.
In their way of life, Tibetan Terriers adapt very much to their owners. The fluffy medium-sized Mountaineer enjoy exploring rough terrain. So they are especially suitable for hiking enthusiasts and avid joggers. If their masters and mistresses are less sporty, they are just as happy with pronounced walks.
The right food
As former mountain dwellers, Tibetan Terriers are very robust. This means that you can't go too far wrong with their diet. In addition, their active nature ensures that enough calories are consumed - even if it was a snack more than planned.
Through a balanced diet, the herding dogs are well taken care of. This should have a lot of crude fiber and a low energy density. Some Tibetan Terriers are prone to diseases such as. Hip joint dysplasia or Patellar luxation. This can be counteracted with the right feed as well as diabetes.
Also, ask your vet about food that can help your four-legged friend's demanding coat. If your dog has problems with his teeth or allergies, there are also suitable foods.
The most important thing you should look for in a food is that it is species-appropriate is and Contains all nutrientsthat your Tibetan Terrier should get to stay fit and healthy for many years.
Puppies should be fed 3 - 5 times a day, adult up to 2 times a day. The amount depends on weight, age and activity from. Here you should follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Tibetan Terrier Care
The dogs need the feeling of being fully integrated into the family. Part of the expressions of love owners can do with the daily grooming in connection with it. Because the long shaggy hair of the Tibetan Terrier needs a lot of care. You should keep your Tibetan Terrier thoroughly brush and comb at least 2 - 3 times a week.
After walks, leaves and twigs should be plucked from the coat. In addition, after each walk, especially forest and meadow, you should clean the coat of your Tibetan Terrier thoroughly search for vermin such as ticks.
You should avoid scissoring or cutting the hairas long as it is not necessary because of medical treatment or excessive matting. Because this can damage the structure of the dense undercoat, because the protective top coat is no longer there.
To the eyes the fur should be trimmed more often. Otherwise, the vision of the quadruped may be impaired or the hair may injure the eyes.
Overall, it is recommended to visit a dog groomer from time to time.
Also should ears and the Anal area kept clean and checked regularly. The claws should be trimmed and the teeth be cleaned regularly.
The maintenance of a Tibetan Terrier is very high. Therefore, you should be able to assess exactly whether you have the time for it. If not, it might be more advisable to get a dog that requires less care.
The basic equipment of each dog includes, water and food bowl, leash, collar or harness, a sleeping basket or mat and a transport box. A first aid kit should also be included.
As already explained, the coat makes the most work with the cute shaggy noses. Therefore stand a Brush and a Comb at the top of the must-have list. For trimming the hair around the eyes is a suitable Scissors necessary.
A comb can be used to remove smaller areas of felt that have not yet hardened. However, a brush is better suited. This is less painful and stressful for the dog. If it should come nevertheless times to worse felting, sometimes a pair of scissors helps. If individual hair columns are removed, one often comes with the brush again through the fur. You should only use the shearing apparatus in an absolute emergency.
When it comes to activities, these active four-legged friends are enthusiastic about just about anything. The best thing you can do Clicker to. This promotes the alert mind of the dogs.
Origin & History
The name terrier is actually wrong. Strictly speaking, the Tibetan Terriers are namely Guard or herding dogs. But at least the local description is correct, because the dogs have their origin in the Plateaus of Tibet. There, the Tibetan terriers are said to have existed for over 2,000 years. They lived among other things in monasteries or as herding dogs with nomads.
In their homeland, which is up to 4,500 meters high, the coat of the breed had to adapt to special conditions. It had to withstand the extreme weather conditions of Tibet. Therefore, the dogs can withstand temperatures of minus 40 to plus 25 degrees Celsius.
The former herding dogs have retained their love for the cold and climbing. Today's representatives like to romp around in the snow or explore steep slopes.
Tibetan Terriers first came to Europe in 1922. At that time, the doctor Dr. Greig brought a white and gold dog to her English home. This was a great honor. The dogs are considered in Tibet as Peace symbol. Therefore, they are given only on special occasions.
The bitch became the basis of a breeding, which was officially registered as Tibetan terrier about ten years later. From then on, the triumph of the four-legged dog was unstoppable. Already 1938 the first Tibetan Terriers took part in competitions in their own show class. Since 1939 the fuzzy bundles of energy also conquer the hearts of their German lovers.
The Tibetan terrier has been FCI first time 1957 recognized as a breed.