Tibetan Terrier Dog

Tibetan Terrier

Alert, Courageous, Serene

The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized Tibetan dog as its name suggests. They have long fur, flopped ears, and a tail that is curled.

Tibetan Terrier Dog

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 14 – 17 inches

Weight

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  • 7-9 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 16 years

Health Risk

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Lens Luxation

What is it?:

Lens luxation refers to the movement of the eye’s lens, whether into the posterior or anterior chambers

% of dogs affected

10%

Clinical signs

  • Depression
  • Pain in the eyes while squinting or shutting them
  • Increase in the tears from the eyes
  • Swelling in the eyes showing redness and cloudiness
  • The eyes may look different like they are turning white

Treatment

For the treatment of Lens Luxation, the vet needs to check if the eye has glaucoma. One main goal is to reduce the pressure in the eye. If there is a chance of clear vision, the vet may remove the luxated lens surgically. The dog could experience blindness if the luxation and increased pressure have been for more than 48 hours. Other treatments include:

  • Removal of the eye if there is pain
  • A surgical procedure that removes the lens from the front chamber, although complications may persist, such as inflammation

Average Vet Bill

$3000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $2700

80% = $2400

70% = $2100

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Heart Murmur

What is it?:

A heart murmur is a condition that occurs when there is a rush of blood flow to the heart. It can be diagnosed by listening through a stethoscope.

% of dogs affected

15%

Clinical signs

The symptoms are:

  • A racing heartbeat
  • Gums and tongue may turn blue
  • Constant coughing experienced by your pet
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Fainting or collapsing
  • Constant panting even when sitting
  • Retention of water

Treatment

A heart murmur can be caused due to multiple underlying conditions. It is an important step to identify the root cause and start treatment for that. Most of these causes can be treated and will ultimately lead to the murmur going away. In case of congenital heart defects, surgery may be recommended to improve the condition.

Average Vet Bill

$5000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $4500

80% = $4000

70% = $3500

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Laidback

The Tibetan Terrier is a very active dog. They may be great to accompany their owners on a hike or walk but when home, they love to sit around doing nothing.

Alert

They may be a laid-back breed but when the time arrives, they are alert and have proved to be great watchdogs.

Loving

The Tibetan Terrier is loving and playful. They are great with kids and family and can adapt to any home.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Tibetan Terrier has a double coat. Their undercoat is soft while their outer coat is long and dense.

Colors

Their coats are generally black, brown, brindle gold, and white, or a combination of these.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Tibetan Terrier needs regular grooming as if their coat is not trimmed daily, it can get matted and tangled. Daily brushing is necessary for maintaining their coat. They need to bathe monthly. Their teeth need to be brushed 2-3 times monthly.

Training

The Tibetan Terrier does not have major exercise needs as they are typically not very energetic. They may join their owners on a walk but they are happy being home.

Tibetan Terrier: Introduction to the Breed

The Tibetan Terrier is actually not a terrier at all. They are called Terriers because of their size. These dogs have been said to exist since 2000 years ago. They have their roots in the monasteries of Tibet. They were companions of the Buddhist monks, as they were said to be lucky charms. They were gifted to each other as a sign of good luck. They have also been used to guard the herd or as watchdogs.

Tibetan Terrier Physical Characteristics:

  • Snowshoe feet
  • Medium-sized
  • Long fur
  • Floppy ears
  • Curled tail

Tibetan Terrier is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who wants a gentle family dog
  • Who have kids
  • Who may live in an apartment
  • Who wants a guard dog
  • Who can spend time on their grooming

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Tibetan Terrier

  • The Tibetan Terrier needs to be trained well as they may be timid or shy when asked to socialize with strangers.
  • They have a coat that can easily get matted; hence they require regular brushing and once-a-month trimming to maintain the health of the coat.
  • They are rare dogs and may be difficult to adopt.
  • The Tibetan Terrier is not aggressive but can be stubborn, if not trained well at an early age.

What should a Tibetan Terrier eat?

The Tibetan terriers should have a diet that consists of vegetables, proteins, healthy fats, and ground bones. It should also have vitamins and minerals for good health. They should be fed high-quality food twice a day. Their treats should be controlled so that they do not gain weight.

Conclusion

The Tibetan Terrier is the perfect family dog. They are great with children and are very loyal to their families. They are typically non-aggressive and calm but also serve to be great watchdogs. The Tibetan Terrier also gets along with other pets quite easily. These dogs are great for an apartment setting as they do not need a lot of space and their exercise needs are also minimal. The only thing to be taken care of is their grooming requirements and their training.

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