Tibetan Terriers are a high energy, outgoing dog which are actually not a member of the Terrier family. They are classed more closely as a farm working dog or a temple dog. Apparently Europeans named them such as they were reminded of the Terriers back home. They are a midsize breed, with a long, thick, heavy coat. The breed is relatively rare, and can be solid in color, parti-colored, or tri-colored. Here are some tips and tricks for caring for your Tibetan Terrier.
- The Tibetan Terrier has a thick double coat and must be groomed on a regular basis. It should be brushed every day. If their thick coat is not maintained and cared for, it will turn into one big mat and will have to be shaved off close to the skin.
- Use a light conditioner or detangling solution on the coat when you brush; it will assist in removing tangles, and help prevent new tangles from appearing.
- At about ten months your Tibetan puppy will go through a coat change from its puppy fur to its adult coat. During this time, you will need to pay special attention to grooming and combing. The coat will mat up easily and require extra care.
- If you do not have time to groom for your Tibetan Terrier yourself, take care in choosing a grooming professional who has some experience in grooming this unusual breed.
- If the Tibetan's coat is well-maintained, you will have minimal shedding.
- Check the ears regularly, and wipe with a soft cloth. Gently pluck out excess hair with your fingertips.
- Tibetan Terriers do not require frequent bathing. If you bathe them too frequently, it will dry out their thick coat. Do not bathe them more often than once every couple of months.
- Take your dog to the veterinarian at least once per year for a checkup, routine shots, and a heartworm test.
- Socialize and train your Tibetan Terrier while he is still young so as to achieve a well-behaved dog when he is older.
- Tibetans are a high-energy breed, and should have opportunities to exercise every day.
- The Tibetan Terrier is very family-oriented and easy to train if you have his respect. The breed will try very hard to please you.
- Tibetan Terriers are a hardy breed, and are free from many diseases. The one problem they do tend to have is sensitivity to fleas. If your pet is itching excessively, consult your veterinarian.
- This Terrier breed is a powerful jumper, and can jump up to twice their height. If you are keeping your Tibetan Terrier in a kennel, or fenced-in area, take extra precaution that the fence is tall enough or has a top.
Tibetan Terriers are an independent, intelligent, easy-to-train breed. They are a gentle, warm and affectionate pet. Look for a reputable breeder to purchase your new puppy from. Look for puppies that are outgoing and friendly. For the best results, you should pick a puppy that has been socialized with people since it was born.