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Tibetan Terrier (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Breed Information


2022: #106

2021: #112

2020: #99

2019: #101

2018: #96

2017: #101

2016: #91

2015: #90

Name Tibetan Terrier
Other names Tsang Apso, Dokhi Apso
Origin Tibet
Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:1973)

Companion Breeds (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years








Height 14-17 inches (36-43 cm)
Weight 18-30 pounds (8.2-13.6 kg)





Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

On average, you can easily get a Tibetan Terrier puppy between the prices of $1,500 and $2,500 depending on the breeder and the quality of the puppy.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Tibetan Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is relatively inactive indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

3 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

4 stars

The Tibetan Terrier has lots of energy and the dog should have regular opportunities to run. In addition, it needs to be taken on long daily walks.


5 stars

High Maintenance: Daily grooming with a brush is required to prevent tangles and remove loose hair. Regular baths are recommended. Excessive hair around the pads of the feet must be trimmed and the ears must be kept clean.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesThis breed can be very flea sensitive. Also prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and hip dysplasia.


3 stars

Ranking: #62 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Tibetan Terrier is very sensitive to the tone of its handler's voice, so a calm approach to training is needed.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Tibetan Terrier Puppy (Standing, Face)
Standing, Face

Tibetan Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Lucy
02 Jack Daisy
03 Toby Chloe
04 Oliver Ruby
05 Riley Zoe
06 Bailey Ellie
07 Ollie Lulu
08 Louie Mia
09 Leo Lady
10 Cody Nala
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Tibetan Terrier evolved as an all-purpose dog, able to accompany its owner on any job. It is square-proportioned, compact and powerfully built. Its double coat, consisting of a profuse fine, long (straight or slightly wavy) outer coat and a soft wooly undercoat, provided protection from the harsh Tibetan climate. Long hair falls forward over the eyes and foreface. The feet are large, flat and round, producing a snowshoe effect for maximum traction in difficult terrain. The stride is free and effortless.

Gentle and amiable, the Tibetan terrier makes a charming, dependable companion both indoors and out. It is equally up for an adventure in the field, a game in the yard or a snooze in the house. It is sensitive, very companionable and willing to please.


The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all, but is an ancient Tibetan herding breed, believed to be the progenitor of the Lhasa Apso and other Eastern European herding breeds. It was also used as a guard dog of the Tibetan monasteries and was often referred to as a "holy dog" and was thought to bring good luck. In 1956 Dr. Henry and Mrs. Alice Murphy of Great Falls, Virginia, imported the first Tibetan Terriers into the USA and later got them recognized with the AKC in 1973. Some of the Tibetan Terrier's talents include: being a watchdog, agility and competitive obedience.

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