Tibetan Terrier

Lifestyle Needs

Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier is not actually a terrier but was used as a herding dog.  His small to medium size makes him a popular pet, however his typically lively and assertive personality requires firm handling.  He needs about an hour’s exercise every day and is best suited to a house with a garden.  His long, thick coat needs daily grooming and it would be best  for him to have professional grooming regularly.

Genetic Diversity
(Known as Coefficient of Inbreeding: 'COI'. It should be as low as possible.)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 7.6% - See 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Gene Pool Size
(Known as Effective Population Size: 'EPS')


EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

The Tibetan Terrier’s excessive hair could be a problem for him if it is not groomed on a daily basis.  The long hair around his face, in particular, needs to be trimmed so that his vision is not impaired.

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

  • Hip Dysplasia:  breed 5 year mean score 12.3 (parents should be lower)
  • Eye Disease:  Hereditary cataract (HC) (annual testing) and other eye diseases

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) : EBVs for Hip Dysplasia are available for this breed

DNA Tests Available
DogWellNet and IPFD Harmonisation of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA 3)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA rcd4)
  • Primary Lens Luxation (PLL)
  • Neonatal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL)
  • Pituitary Dwarfism (DP-LHX3)

Availability of a DNA test does not mean that it is always necessary or even desirable for breeders to use this test.

Other Breed-Specific Health Screening Schemes

  • Patella luxation test  (Putman Patella luxation test)

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

  • Atopy
  • Distichiasis









Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

The breeder should also be familiar with the CFSG/DBRG Code of Practice for Dog Breeding

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

Breed Health Information