Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 15-16 years
Weight: Male: 10-14, Female: 8-12
Height: Male: 15-17, Female: 14-16
Origin of Name: The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in Tibet.
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The name of the breed is only half correct: Tibetan terriers are Tibetan, but they are not true terriers — not by blood, temperament, or job description. Westerners carelessly hung the name "Terrier" on this Asian dog, and it stuck. Among the many Tibetan dogs associated with the TT Buddhist monasteries and the Dalai Lama, an ancient breed developed in spectacular isolation of the Lost Valley. TTs are known as companions and sentinels, but during their long history they have served as shepherds and guardians of the herd.