The Tibetan Terrier was first imported into the UK from Tibet in the 1930s by Dr. Greig, who was given a dog as a gift for her services to a patient she treated in Tibet. The dogs were highly valued in their native country, being used as working herding dogs and companion dogs. If they sensed danger the Tibetan Terrier would bark to raise the alarm for the guarding Mastiffs. They have been responsibly bred in the UK and abroad to produce the dogs of today that fit happily into modern life.
This is a medium sized dog and should be fairly sturdy under its coat. The coat is a double one and does require grooming but has the advantage that it does not shed. Whilst a long haired breed, many pet owners keep their dogs in a puppy clip for ease. It is a breed that loves its family and wants to be involved in all activities of daily life; this is not a dog that you can easily ignore. They have a great willingness to please and with reward based training can participate in activities such as obedience and agility. However, they do have an independent nature and need to see purpose in their training and are not always blindly obedient.
Their happy and generally kind nature endears the breed to all they meet and we are proud that we have Tibetan Terriers who are also working as therapy dogs (PAT dogs).
This is a generally healthy breed. The breed standard demands that they be without exaggeration, this has assisted breeders in producing sound animals.
Dogs in breeding programmes should be hip scored for hip dysplasia (current breed average score for a TT is 14) and have annual eye tests for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL).
It is now a Kennel Club requirement that Accredited Breeders D.N.A. test for PLL. In addition to the above rare conditions there have been just two reported cases of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis in the UK and although it is not yet a Kennel Club requirement many breeders also D.N.A. test for this.