Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier was originally used as a herder and a guard dog. It is a medium-sized dog with a striking long, flowing coat that can grow down to the ground.

Tibetan Terrier breed group


Size of the Tibetan Terrier


Colour Varieties of the Tibetan Terrier

This compact and energetic dog is available in a large variety of colours and markings:

  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Black & White
  • Black White & Tan
  • Black With White Chest
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & White
  • Cream
  • Cream & White
  • Dark Sable
  • Gold
  • Gold & White
  • Gold Sable
  • Gold Sable & White
  • Red Sable
  • Sable
  • Sable & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • White & Black
  • White & Gold
  • White & Gold Sable
  • White & Sable

Country of origin


Tibetan Terrier introduction and overview

The Tibetan Terrier is a medium sized, squarish dog with a luxurious long shaggy coat. The eyes are large, dark and wide set. The Tibetan Terrier is similar in appearance to the popular Shih Tzu. It is also known as the Tsang Apso or the Dokhi Apso.

Size and weight of the Tibetan Terrier

Height bitch 35-41cms

Height dog 35-41cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 8-14kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 8-14kgs

Exercise requirements of the Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier requires up to an hour of exercise each day, making it a suitable choice of dog for the older or less active dog owner. The Tibetan Terrier can adapt to life in a city or apartment as long as its exercise needs are met.

Tibetan Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The breed is alert, friendly and affectionate in the home. It is normally good with children and other dogs. It can be aloof with strangers, but rarely aggressive. It’s a lively and intelligent breed that thrives on family life. Care should be taken around introducing cats to the Tibetan Terrier and contact with other smaller pets should be avoided. The Tibetan Terrier makes a good guard dog around the home.

Is the Tibetan Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Tibetan Terrier is intelligent and easy to train. It is a medium sized dog, making it a practical size for most family homes.

Tibetan Terrier coat length

Long. The fine, wavy or straight coat can grow to the floor.

Grooming requirements of the Tibetan Terrier

High. The Tibetan Terrier requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the long, silky feathers. Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection.


Yes. The Tibetan Terrier does not shed making it a possible choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Tibetan Terrier

The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so do consult your breeder:

  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Luxating patella
  • Heart murmurs

Average lifespan of the Tibetan Terrier

A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of around 12 years, although 15 years is not uncommon.

Approximate Tibetan Terrier pedigree puppy price

Puppies are often available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £500-£600. Litters tend to be produce between 5-8 puppies. 1,217 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Estimating how much a Tibetan Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food per day. A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs will cost around £4.50 per week to feed.

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Tibetan Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering and spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.