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Tibetan Terrier

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The Tibetan Terrier

ANKC Standard

(from http://www.ankc.org.au/Breed_Details.aspx?bid=202 )

Group: Group 7 (Non Sporting)

General Appearance: Sturdy, medium sized, long haired, generally square outline. Balanced, without exaggeration.

Characteristics: Lively, good natured. Loyal companion dog with many engaging ways.

Temperament: Outgoing, alert, intelligent and game; neither fierce nor pugnacious. Sparing of affection to strangers.

Head And Skull:

Skull of medium length, neither broad nor coarse, narrowing slightly from ear to eye, neither domed nor absolutely flat between ears. Zygomatic arch curved, but not overdeveloped so as to bulge. Marked stop in front of eyes but not exaggerated. Muzzle strong; well developed lower jaw. Length from eye to tip of nose equal to length from eye to occiput. Nose black. Head well furnished with long hair, falling forward but not affecting the dog's ability to see. Lower jaw carrying small, but not exaggerated amount of beard. In all giving a resolute expression.

Eyes:

Large, round, dark brown, neither prominent nor sunken; set fairly wide apart. Eye rims black.

Ears:

Pendant, carried not too close to head. V-shaped, not too large, set fairly high on the side of the skull, heavily feathered.

Mouth:

Scissor or reverse scissor bite. Incisors set in a slight curve, evenly spaced and set perpendicular to jaw. Full dentition desirable.

Neck:

Strong, muscular, medium length, allowing head to be carried above level of back and giving overall balanced appearance. Flowing into well placed shoulders.

Forequarters:

Heavily furnished. Shoulders well laid, with good length and slope of upper arm. Legs straight and parallel; pasterns slightly sloping.

Body:

Well muscled, compact and powerful. Length from point of shoulder to root of tail equal to height at withers. Fair spring of rib with depth of brisket to elbow. Ribbed well back. Top line level, loin short, slightly arched; croup level.

Hindquarters:

Heavily furnished, well muscled. Well bent stifles and low set hocks giving level topline and drive.

Feet:

Large, round, heavily furnished with hair between toes and pads. Standing well down on pads; no arch in feet.

Tail:

Medium length, set on fairly high and carried in a gay curl over back. Very well feathered. Kink near tip often occurring and permissible.

Gait/Movement:

Smooth, effortless stride with good reach and powerful drive. When walking or trotting hind legs should track neither inside nor outside the front legs.

Coat:

Double coat. Undercoat fine and woolly. Top coat profuse, fine but neither silky nor woolly; long; either straight or waved but not curly.

Colour:

White, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tri-colours; in fact any colour except chocolate or liver permissible.

Sizes:

Height:

Dogs 36-41 cms (14-16 ins) at shoulder

Bitches slightly smaller

Faults:

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

QUESTIONS

1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

3. How common is it in Australia?

4. What is the average lifespan?

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

9. How much grooming is required?

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be)

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Not much love for the ol' Tibetan Terrier on here - so I'll have a crack at the questions. Not an expert just an owner of one of these rather fabulous dogs (yes I'm biased).

1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc)

First time owner - Momo - female, desexed, currently a little over 12 months old.

2. Where and why was the breed first developed?

I believe they originate in Tibet (obviously) but the current breed is traced back to a dog that was taken to England from Tibet in the 1920s.

3. How common is it in Australia?

Not very - a handful of breeders on dogzonline. We live in Brisbane and are only aware of one other one about. I'm sure there is more but it isn't common.

4. What is the average lifespan?

I've read about 12 years.

5. What is the general temperament/personality?

Smart, playful, trouble (in a good way). They really play well with other dogs and enjoy people company.

6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult?

Moderate? They seem adaptable to the owner, but Momo enjoys a morning walk and an afternoon dog park visit.

7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with?

Probably. I'm not going to lie - it has been challenging at times. Crate training etc. They are strong willed little dogs. Needed a lot of consistent positive reinforcement. They're quick to learn but will also challenge anything they're not a fan of doing. Toilet training was fun...

8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods?

They can seem prone to separation anxiety and do really love spending time with people. Momo likes us to be near - but often wants to be 'alone' near us. We've observed her mostly sleeping whilst we are out for long periods. Ideally we'd be with her full time but she seems ok with the separation.

9. How much grooming is required?

Variable. More required during puppy blow. We tend to keep her in a puppy cut to limit brushing required. If keeping as show dog with long coat then lots of brushing required.

10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)?

Momo plays very will with small children and is curious and gentle - however like any animal this requires supervision. Being a smaller dog (Momo is small for the breed at 7kg) she isn't likely to knock kids over.

11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of?

Not that I'm aware of. Our breeder did the required genetic testing to avoid hereditary issues.

12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be)

Buy from an registered breeder - ensure genetic tests are done.

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Nice social dog with people. They like to dominate other dogs. Also can bark a lot if you don't correct it often when they are young.

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I saw a lot of these in Laos, in the temples they were everywhere.

 

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