The Tibetan Terrier can be kept in an apartment as long as she can get frequent walks. This is a very active dog when outside. A properly fenced in exercise area would be ideal. She can be a barker so keep this in mind. She can do well with other dogs and pets but needs to be extensively socialized with them when young. Older, calm children are good, again, socialization early on would help. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog. It also should be kept in mind that these dogs are said to bring good luck.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Tibetan Terrier is 14 to 16 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 18 to 30 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Tibetan Terrier is no exception. Although considered a healthy breed, be on the look out for flea allergies, eye disease and eye irritation from hair and Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness). This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
The Tibetan Terrier has a double coat. The under coat is wooly and soft. The outer coat is long and profuse. She should be brushed regularly and it is said that she should be brushed while slightly dampened. Bathe once a week to once every 12 weeks. She should definitely see a professional groomer occasionally.
Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. If you have her professionally groomed, make sure ear cleaning and inspection is part of the package. No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.
The Tibetan Terrier can live between 12 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
The Tibetan Terrier comes from the remote Himalayas in Tibet. These dogs were kept as pets and considered lucky. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1973.
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