Tibetan Terrier Breed Information

Tibetan Terriers are a member of the ‘Utility’ breed group. Dogs in the Utility group were essentially bred for a specific purpose and so contain a variety of breeds. The function they have been bred for is not included in the sporting and working categories.

Tibetan Terriers are gentle, friendly, affectionate dogs. They generally like to please their owners, but can occasionally be a little stubborn and headstrong. For this reason, training will require patience, but can be achieved using reward-based techniques. For more information on training your dog, take a look at our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Tibetan Terriers generally get along well with everyone and will make good family pets. Grooming is a daily requirement to keep their coats in tip-top condition.

Possible health problems:


Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Tibetan Terriers are prone to include:

  • Luxating patellas – the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place. 
  • Lens luxation – dislocation of the lens of the eye. 
  • Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye. Symptoms can start with night blindness and progress to total blindness.
  • Distichiasis –  a condition in which small eyelashes grow on the inner surface or the very edge of the eye, which can then rub on the surface of the eye, causing irritation.
  • Cataracts – opacity of the lens of the eye – giving a ‘cloudy’ appearance. 
  • Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line. 

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website

Exercise requirements:


Tibetan Terriers need around an hour of exercise every day and will happily join in with family games and activities.

Estimated lifetime cost:


The likely lifetime costs for a Tibetan Terrier are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:


The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Tibetan Terrier with PDSA:

 

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Tibetan Terriers that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

    *Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.


By insuring your Tibetan Terrier with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.
For more information on taking care of your dog please visit our puppies and dogs section. 

Rehoming from a reputable source:


Where you get a dog from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your dog from.
Energy levels
 
Overall grooming needs?
 
Compatibility with other pets
 
Easy to train?
 
How much exercise?
 
Suitability for children/families
 
Tendency to bark
 
Average lifespan 12-15 years
Coat length Long
Possible health problems
  • Luxating patellas (the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place)
  • Lens luxation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
Average purchase cost £500-£800
Estimated cost over lifetime £23,300-£27,000
Average weight 9kg-11kg
Size Medium
Minimum garden size Medium

Not sure the Tibetan Terrier is the right pet for you?