Choosing your Dog: Let a Tibetan Terrier show you the Way

Tomorrow I meet my new Tibetan Terrier puppy, whom I will name Rascal, because he is one.

Like every other breed of dog, Tibetan Terriers are one of the oldest breeds of dog known to man.

Over 2000 years ago, Tibetan monks bred and raised Tibetan Terriers to be good luck charms, watchdogs and companions. Plus, when anybody dropped something down the side of the mountain, the monks would send the Tibetan Terrier down to retrieve it, because the breed enjoys long hikes and fetching things.

Tibetan Terrier in his natural environment, with a leash on

Tibetan Terrier in his natural environment, with a leash on


Known as the “Holy Dogs of Tibet”, they were never sold, but only given by the monks as gifts to promote good fortune. I, on the other hand, will be paying a pretty penny for Rascal, which just shows how unfortunate I am. Maybe a puppy will change that.

TTs were raised as Buddhists, and can often be seen looking at you with the blank stare of a dog in meditation. They are easy to potty train, but in the event of the occasional accident are not really a problem because what they create is not truly there, as the Buddha taught.

The TT is a powerful, medium sized dog with a shaggy coat. They grow to be about 15 inches and weigh about 30 lbs tops.  They kinda look like a smaller version of that dog in the old The Shaggy Dog movies, with Fred McMurray, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk and Tim Considine, in which a teenage boy is cursed with occasionally turning into a dog (hmm, I like that idea), ruining and then enhancing his chances of dating Annette Funicello.

The TT is a youthful breed, or at least brings me back to my youth, and the prepubescent crush I once had on Annette Funicello.

The dogs have wide, flat feet with hair between the toes, which act as natural snow shoes and make the breed excellent mountain climbers. Their double coat does not smell or shed, and helps them withstand temperatures as low as -58F.  So if you’re homeless in Alaska, have allergies, and are outdoorsy, this is the breed for you.

This coat has been verified by canine experts to help the Tibetan Terrier withstand temperatures as low as -50°C for prolonged periods of time.


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