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Tibetan terrier

About tibetan terrier dog breed and grooming tibetan terrier puppies

Though named as a terrier, the Tibetan terrier dog is not a member of the group of terriers.

This name was given to these dogs by European travelers who were reminded of terrier dogs back home. Their historic origin and role is not clear. Some claim that the Tibetan terriers were temple dogs that were considered lucky. Yet others claim that Tibetan terriers were bred in farms and were used for herding and hunting vermin.

Though these claims have never been authenticated, Tibetan terriers have been seen to be very versatile animals. They can assume the roles of a guard dog, herding dog, or a companion with equal ease. Tibetan terriers were also sent oversees as gifts. Since their functions were so diverse, Tibetan terriers were considered a very important breed of dog.

In the local Tibetan language, the dog is known as the bearded dog. These dogs are often also known as the Holy Dog of Tibet. The Tibetan terrier has evolved for thousands of years under harsh climatic conditions. They were primarily owned by monks who considered them very important. In fact so loved were they, that they were almost treated like small children. They were used to guard the property of the monastery as well as the livestock of the monks.

Through the centuries, Tibetan terriers have remained purebred because they were considered holy and lucky and it was believed that mating the dog with another dog of a different breed could bring bad luck to the family.
Right from their birth, Tibetan terrier puppies are extremely friendly and loyal. They become an integral part of the family and are known to have a gentle and affectionate temperament. The dog is very intelligent and though not an avid hunter, it is a very agile and fast dog. The Tibetan terrier is a devoted pet and involves itself completely into its family’s life.

The Tibetan terrier dog is mid sized and appears to be very powerful. It has a shaggy coat with long wiry hairs. Proper grooming is important if the coat has to be maintained. The hair should be trimmed regularly and should be brushed everyday to keep the coat tangle free. When they are about nine months old, the puppies shed their entire coat to prepare for the adult coat. Their hair falls over their face but their eyelashes are placed such that the hair does not get into their eyes.

  Submitted on October 15, 2009  

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