Tibetan Terrier

Bearing a passing resemblance to their smaller cousin, the Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terriers reside at the lower end of the range of medium-sized breeds, standing about 16 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 20 and 30 pounds. A breed hallmark is the beautiful and profuse double coat—wooly underneath, with a long, fine topcoat. Tibetan Terriers are unique among dogs for their large, flat “snowshoe” feet, adapted over centuries to help them negotiate the snowy, mountainous terrain of their homeland.

Breed Profile

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.