The Amazing Tibetan Terrier
Despite being cataloged within the group of terriers , the Tibetan terrier differs greatly from its peers, not presenting the typical character and characteristics of other terrier breeds. Formerly they accompanied Buddhist monks , luckily today they accompany many families around the world, which is understandable given their affectionate and playful personality, as well as their intelligence and docility.
In this Animal Wised file we will see all the history and evolution of the Tibetan terrier , as well as all the details about its care and education.
❥History of the Tibetan terrier❥
As their name suggests, Tibetan terriers come from the Tibet region (China). There these dogs served in the monasteries as guardian animals, as well as accompanying the monks and guiding their flocks. Due to its remote origins and the isolation of the area of origin, the breed has remained practically unchanged over the years, being one of the best preserved today.
Its origins go back more than 2,000 years ago , and it is said that they arose when the Tibetans decided to separate the large dogs, from which the current Tibetan bulldogs descended, and the small ones, that is, the Tibetan terrier, which are precursors of breeds such as the Tibetan Spaniel, or the Polish Lowland Sheepdog.
The breed arrived in Europe in the 1920s, as a result of a doctor, named Agnes Gray , who attended some locals that took it as a pet, which after receiving medical attention, gave it to one of the puppies that her dog had lighting. That puppy became part of a breeding program, and later traveled with her owner to England in 1922. In 1930 the breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of England (KCE), and its expansion throughout Europe was especially noticeable in In his 40s, he came to the US in 1956, where the American Kennel Club recognized him in 1973.
Formerly known as Tsang Apso ” woolly dog of the province of Tsang “, it took the name of terrier because foreign travelers saw it very similar to the terriers known in Europe, that is why they baptized it as a Tibetan terrier. Other names are Tibet Apso or Dokhi Apso.
❥Characteristics of the Tibetan terrier❥
Tibetan terriers are medium-sized dogs , weighing between 8 and 12 kilograms, and with a height at the withers that ranges from 35 to 45 centimeters, with females being slightly smaller than their male counterparts. Their life expectancy normally ranges between 12 and 15 years, with some specimens being able to reach 17.
Its body is solid and compact, with square shapes. Its head is also square in shape, lining up on the muzzle, and presenting stop. One notable characteristic in the breed standards is that the distance from the nose to the eyes must be the same as that between the eyes and the base of the head. Said eyes are round, large and expressive, of a dark brown color, slightly lighter shades being accepted if the coat is itself a very light color. The ears of Tibetan terriers are fringed, shaped like a “V”, and hang down the sides of the skull.
Its coat is dense, since it has a double coat, the outer coat being long and straight and the inner thinner and woolly , which makes it an insulator against the inclement weather typical of its region of origin. Their coat colors can span the entire color spectrum, except for chocolate and liver.
❥Character of the Tibetan terrier❥
Despite being within the category of terriers, the Tibetan terrier differs from its peers in that it has a much sweeter and more docile character . He loves to play and spend time with his family, although he is wary of strangers. If you are going to live with children, we must accustom them both to live together and interact in a respectful way. That is why we have to educate our terrier from a young age and ensure that socialization is full and satisfactory.
They are tenacious and very brave, if the situation requires it, they will be undisputed heroes. Many of them act as therapy dogs , collaborating in sessions for the benefit of various groups, such as children, the elderly or people who need care.
They are sociable animals that do not tolerate loneliness well, since they need constant affection and attention, if they have that there will be no problem if they live in a flat or apartment, as long as they can release their energy with long walks, we will have a playful, cheerful animal and balanced with which to enjoy great moments.
❥Tibetan terrier care❥
Because its hair is long and dense, our Tibetan Terrier will need our attention, as we must brush its coat frequently so that it remains soft and lustrous, thus avoiding tangles and knots. In turn, it is recommended to give it at least a monthly bath , to keep it clean and neat. Because they have a significant amount of hair on the inside of the ears we will have to be careful and if necessary, peel that area, as complications may arise due to knots or the accumulation of dust or moisture.
Except for that brushing, the Tibetan terrier will need the attention of any other breed, such as brushing his teeth several times a week, giving him enough time for physical activity, trimming his nails regularly or cleaning his ears with ear products suitable for use in dogs.
We must also choose a balanced diet adapted to the needs of both the breed in general, that is, a medium-length dog with long fur, and our animal in particular, adapting the diet to its specific nutritional needs, if, for example, our pet suffers from kidney or liver failure, or if you have heart problems, we can find on the market feed and products that address these vitamin deficiencies and the levels of minerals, proteins, fats and hydrates that are more convenient to improve or maintain your health.
❥Tibetan terrier education❥
In general, Tibetan terriers are easy animals to educate , but we must be constant and dedicated when it comes to their training, since they are stubborn and sometimes we will need a lot of energy and patience to make their training effective and satisfactory.
One of the most relevant aspects in the training of this breed is socialization , this has to be done from the earliest ages possible, since otherwise difficulties may arise when living with both people and other animals. This happens due to its distrustful nature and its gifts as a guard dog, but if we follow the guidelines and are patient and constant, we will undoubtedly achieve our goal, since we are facing a friendly breed with surprising adaptation capacities.
It will also be essential to teach him the basic commands of obedience .
❥Tibetan terrier health❥
In general, we can say that the Tibetan terrier is a breed with enviable health, however, they can present some hereditary pathologies such as hip dysplasia , which will require constant veterinary supervision, perform the appropriate radiological tests and provide supplements such as chondroprotectors, which help keep the joints in good condition.
In turn, it is considered that the breed is somewhat prone to developing progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia, which can cause problems as considerable as blindness. Likewise, we also highlight cataracts and ocular dislocation as common pathologies.
That is why we have to carry out regular veterinary reviews, every six or twelve months. It will also be essential to identify the Tibetan terrier with a microchip and tag, as well as follow the vaccination schedule and deworming routine . In this way we can prevent and detect various diseases promptly.
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