Tibetan Terriers

The people of Tibet loved this ancient breed so dearly, they called them “the little people.” Today, this easygoing yet playful pup makes an excellent family pet.

In Tibetan tradition, these gentle dogs were a spiritual symbol of good luck. Kept as a wise and loving companion in Tibetan monasteries, there was a time when a Tibetan Terrier could only be acquired if it was gifted by a monk. If bestowed this lucky gift, a family would often keep the Tibetan Terrier as both farmhand and loyal family companion.

Today, the Tibetan Terrier is coveted for not only its long, silky locks, but also its perfectly balanced temperament. Moderate and adaptable to any situation, these dogs have a truly Zen attitude. However, the Tibetan Terrier is also agile, athletic and down to play whenever you please. This clever and carefree breed is great with children and welcoming to all — the perfect good luck charm for any family.

Why We Love the Tibetan Terrier Breed

  • Tibetan Terriers dogs have a beautiful and versatile double coat, which can be kept long and natural or cropped and styled.
  • Whether you’re an active owner or would rather kick back, the Tibetan Terrier’s athletic prowess and low-key attitude are a perfect equilibrium.
  • Tibetan Terriers are generally welcoming, though they do have an assertive bark to alert their owners of intruders.
  • This adaptable breed does well in apartments if walked regularly or allowed to romp in a small yard.

Things to Consider

  • These smart and confident dogs will run the show if you don’t take a stand! Make sure to be a firm yet loving leader with Tibetan Terriers from an early age to curb stubbornness. 
  • The Tibetan Terrier’s lush coat can be high maintenance. Its coat needs to be groomed every two to three days to prevent mats and remove debris.
  • They may be beautiful, but their coats drag in leaves, their beards drip water and their faces collect food. If you are obsessively clean, a long-haired dog may not be a good match for you.
  • These dogs come with a high price tag. However, adopting a Tibetan Terrier rescue can reduce the price and give one of these loving dogs a home!

Why Rescue?

The Tibetan Terrier is a rare breed, with only 700 puppies registered with the AKC each year. These coveted dogs are well-loved by their owners, however, sometimes major life changes occur that mean an owner can no longer care for their dog. This is the most common reason that Tibetan Terriers end up abandoned or in shelters. If you are interested in a Tibetan Terrier puppy or adult, consider adopting a rescue dog before going to a breeder or puppy mill. Not only will this reduce the price tag of this rare and expensive breed, it will also help relocate a dog who has lost its family and is in need of a stable, happy home.     

Tibetan Terrier Rescues

If you’re looking for one of these loving good luck charms, check out a Tibetan Terrier rescue who is in need of a home. Here are just a few:

Loving, athletic & low-key yet playful
Avg. Weight
20 - 24 lbs
Frequent grooming required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 15 Years
Tibetan Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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