The long, fine coat requires constant attention; practically non-shedding.
Highly intelligent and somewhat mischievous, the Tibetan Terrier loves his family, and his sensitivity to the moods of his owners makes him an excellent companion (although he may be reserved around strangers). An independent and active breed, the Tibetan Terrier responds best to positive, patient training and regular exercise. His profuse, thick coat requires weekly maintenance.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The TT is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly combing and brushing, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
TTs are not a breed that demand a high degree of daily exercise, though they enjoy and benefit from active pursuits in the outdoors accompanied by their owners. “If you don’t train them, they’re smart enough to take over.” And just like us humans, TTs don’t like to be scolded. They respond best to conversational tones and are bored by repetitive training. Highly intelligent and somewhat mischievous, the Tibetan Terrier loves his family, and his sensitivity to the moods of his owners makes him an excellent companion (although he may be reserved around strangers). An independent and active breed, the Tibetan Terrier responds best to positive, patient training and regular exercise.
Tibetan Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cancer, deafness, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of TTs are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Tibetan Terriers can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.