meet theTibetan Terrier


Training &Temperament

Answering this question, owners of this scarce breed will immediately describe the TT’s humanlike qualities. One breeder says, “Tibetan Terriers behave like another member of the family, not a dog.” Another warns, “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. TTs are athletic, loving, low-shedding best friends—a difficult breed to find, but well worth the search.

  • Children


    87% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    76% agree

  • Time Alone


    50% agree

Did You Know?

The Tibetan Terrier originated in Tibet.

Tibetan Terriers are native to the Lost Valley of Tibet, where they were prized companions and "luck bringers" for those fortunate enough to own them.

The Tibetan Terrier, along with the Lhasa Apso and the Tibetan Spaniel, is one of three native Tibetan breeds in the Non-Sporting group.

The first "official" Tibetan Terrier was brought to the US in 1956.

The Tibetan Terrier was bred and raised in monasteries by lamas almost 2000 years ago.

The Tibetan Terrier is not actually a "terrier," but was dubbed that because of his terrier size.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & White 019
Black White & Gold 032
Brindle 057
Gold 091
Gold & White 092
Golden Brindle 096
Sable 164
White 199
White & Black 202
White & Gold 208
Black & Brindle 008
Black & Brown 009
Black & Gold 234
Black & White Brindle 020
Black Brown & White 022
Brindle & White 059
Brown 061
Brown & White 063
Fawn 082
Fawn & White 086
Gray 100
Gray & White 105
Red 140
Red & White 146
Red Brindle 148
Sable & White 165
Silver 176
Silver & Black 177
Silver & White 182


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
White Markings 014
Black Mask 004
Black Points 019
Sable 026
Ticked 013