Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

The hairy and fluffy Tibetan Terrier was bred for the purpose of being the best possible companion and family pet there is. They can easily adapt to any sort of living situations and they absolutely love being around people and having company.

These Tibetan dogs, much like Lhasa Apsos, were considered to bring good luck so they were never sold. You could only get one if you were gifted by someone who bred this breed. They were bred by Tibetan monks in the monasteries but were not exclusively owned by them. These dogs kept company to Tibetan shepherds while they were doing their daily tasks with and around their flock.

Their name is a bit misleading as they are not true Terriers. Traditional Terrier breeds love to dig and are usually great in vermin control. These dogs are fluffy, kind, and sweet-natured so it shouldn’t surprise you that many of them are employed as therapy or support dogs.

They have a thick double coat that was a necessity for them as they were living in a cold Tibetan climate. Their coat is mostly unchanged to this day and they are best suited for households that are located in a colder climate. However, they can adapt well to any living conditions. They are affectionate and very loving with their families and are usually really friendly towards strangers so if you are looking for a guard or watchdog, maybe go with a breed that is not as friendly as this one.

Tibetan Terrier Height


14–17 in (35–43 cm)

Tibetan Terrier Weight


18-30 lb (8-14 kg)

Tibetan Terrier Origin


Tibet (China)

Tibetan Terrier Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

15-16 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

The Tibetan Terriers became popular quite fast because of their great nature and character and they spread around the world rather quickly after first leaving Tibet. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that this breed is registered and recognized by most of the major cynology associations in the world. The biggest cynology union in the world is the Federation Cynologique Internationale or the FCI. They have a standard in place for these dogs and the standard placed them in Group 9 (Companion and Toy Dogs) Section 5 (Tibetan breeds). Being a companion breed, it is not required of them to undergo a working trial.

This standard has a required size for the Tibetan Terrier and it is 14 - 16,3 in (36 - 41 cm) for the male dogs. It is only noted that females should be a bit smaller. This standard says nothing of their required weight.

This breed was registered by the FCI on the 18th of December 1957.

AKC standard

The national cynology association in the United States of America is called the American Kennel Club and it is a very old and prestigious institution. First specimens of the Tibetan Terriers were brought to the USA in the 1950s and a breeding club was formed soon after. This breed is accepted by the AKC and it has a standard in place. The AKC standard describes these dogs as being medium-sized dogs that are “profusely coated”.

The required size according to this standard for the male Tibetan Terriers is 14 - 17 in (35 - 43 cm) and females should be slightly smaller. Their average weight is between 18 and 30 lbs (8 - 14 kg).

This breed was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1973.

Tibetan Terrier breeders

This is a lovely dog breed and it is no wonder many of us decided to get one of these dogs. One of the best characteristics about them is their lovely character. That can only be preserved and saved by reputable Tibetan Terrier breeders. If you want to buy a Tibetan Terrier, make sure you find a good breeder that is taking proper care of their dogs. Good breeders are knowledgable of the breed they are breeding and will gladly answer any question you might ask them about their dogs.


World Dog Finder team