Tibetan Terriers

Learn more about this wonderful breed


The Tibetan Terrier

Not a terrier at all

Tibetan Terriers are not true terriers as we know them, the word "terrier" was attached to them by early travellers from the West, when they caught the first glimpses of these dogs.

The TT is a medium sized, sturdy, compact, generally square dog of 14" - 16" at the shoulder. He has a long thick double coat that requires grooming even when clipped off.

The typical TT is an individualist with a marked awareness of his own identity and importance in the world. Blessed with a highly developed sense of humour he is also perceptive, astute, resilient and often strong willed.

Alert and companionable, his many faceted personality is a force to be reckoned with. A TT by nature, is a happy and outgoing soul with a zest for life and he will want to play his part in all the family activities.

A Tibetan Terrier is very trainable provided he can see some point in what he is being asked to do.


History of the breed

From the Himalayan Mountains to the United Kingdon

The Tibetan Terrier originates from the desolate remote land of Tibet situated high up in the Himalayan Mountains in Asia. This very ancient breed has developed to survive the harsh conditions of Tibet with its extremes of weather and terrain.

Dogs were kept in the monasteries and used by the nomads to herd and guard their animals. The breed was rarely seen outside of Tibet until Dr. Greig was presented with one as a present for treating a sick Tibetan.

She obtained other dogs and brought them back to the United Kingdom in the 1920's. These were bred from and with dog brought from Tibet later, and these formed the basis of the breed as we now see them worldwide. Many pedigrees can be traced back to the original bitch Bunti.

CH THOOMBAY OF LADKOK born: 9th October, 1927 bred by Buddiman (Lama of Tibet) & owned by Mrs A.R.Greig. Thoombay was the first champion in the breed in the United Kingdom