The Tibetan Terrier is a medium sized dog that is built more like a sheepdog than a terrier. They are covered in a thick double coat made up of a dense undercoat and a long, fine outer coat that comes in any color or color combination. Tibetan Terriers are squarely built and have a level topline. The eyes are large, wide set, and dark The ears are pendant and heavily feathered and the tail is also heavily feathered and is carried up over the back. The nose is black and the teeth meet in a scissors or reverse scissors bite. The broad, flat feet are unlike those of any other breed and create a snowshoe-like effect that give the dog traction in the snow.
Size and Weight
The average height of male Tibetan Terriers is 15 to 16 inches and females are slightly smaller. The average weight is from 20 to 24 pounds. They are squarely built and should be as long as they are tall.
Coat and Color
The Tibetan Terrier wears a profuse double coat made up of a soft and wooly undercoat and a thick topcoat that may be wavy or straight. The hair is parted down the center of the back and grows almost to the floor. They may be white, gold, tricolor, brindle, silver, black or various other colors and patterns.
The long coat of the Tibetan Terrier needs to be brushed daily to keep it tangle and mat free. The coat should always be misted with water before brushed, otherwise the hair will break off. It is important to brush the coat all the way down to the skin to ensure all loose hair is removed. Mats are espcially prone to form behind the ears, on the chest, the belly and the armpits. For dogs who won't be shown, owners can opt to clip the hair into a puppy cut, which requires much less maintenance. Tibetan Terriers should be bathed monthly.
Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.