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Tibetan Terrier - Fun Facts and Crate Size

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 Tibetan Terrier - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Tibetan Terrier

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1973
  • Lifespan: 15-17 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate*

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The Tibetan Terrier has a smaller cousin named the Lhasa Apso. Tibetan is a medium-sized dog, weighing approximately 20 to 30 pounds.

This is a beautiful hallmark dog breed. This breed has a profuse, smooth and long outer coat. The Tibetan Terrier is also known as “snowshoe” because of its large and flat feet.


Aptly named, this medium size dog breed standard is from Tibet and is called Tsang Apso there, which means “shaggy”. 

It was found in the Tsang province, years ago the old travelers called it ‘Dokhi Apso’,  meaning “outdoor” Apso.

These holy dogs were bred and raised in monasteries by Lamas over 2,000 years ago and were revered as luck bringers.

Although these good luck charms are an outdoor dog, there are some owners that bring it indoors. It makes an excellent family dog.

In 1973, American Kennel Club classified the Tibetan Terrier in the non-sporting group.

At the time of publishing, it was ranked the 91st most popular dog breed in the United States.

Another breed hailing from the same region is the Tibetan Spaniel.

Common health problems include progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, ceroid lipofuscinosis, and lens luxation. 


The Tibetan Terrier is well proportioned and makes a great companion. It has a shaggy double coat with a height of 14-16 inches and a weight of 17-31 pounds. 

This breed is built with strong muscle. The Tibetan Terrier has large eyes that can be black or dark.

It has V-shaped, dropped ears. The color variation of the nose is usually brown or black. 


The proper nutrition for feeding the Tibetan Terrier depends on his size, age, metabolism, and activity level.

It is recommended to feed them twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) to ensure excellent health and reduce the risk of developing health conditions. Visit your veterinarian or consult your breeder to determine the frequency and quantity of food for your particular pet. Ensure that fresh water is always available.


The Tibetan Terrier has a soft undercoat and a woolly second coat which covers its head and body. It can quickly grow long hair.

Do not let the shaggy hair grow to the ground. It is better to cut the hair.

A pin brush is needed to groom this breed, in order to remove any dead or loose hair. You can also brush with tools such as the greyhound comb while spraying to mist its long coat to avoid breakage.


Tibetan Terriers need 15-45 minutes of daily exercise to maintain optimal dog health. This breed will be perfectly happy with a daily walk at a moderate pace. It also enjoys dog sports.

Pet Crate Size

If you are looking a standard crate size for the Tibetan Terrier, it is recommended to choose the 30” dog crate*.

  * Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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