Fédération Cynologique Internationale

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United Kennel Club

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Tibet.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
18.03.2015.
KC
March 2010

UTILISATION

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FCI
Companion Dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 9Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 5Tibetan breeds
Without working trial

KC
Utility
UKC
Companion Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
In spite of the name, the Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier but a herding dog, doubling as a guard for traders as they journeyed to and from China. It succeeded in his job not so much by size but through the awe in which he was held. This is believed to be the original Holy Dog of Tibet. It is said to be even livelier than the other Tibetan breeds in Group 9, his energy and enthusiasm balancing his ability as a miniature guard dog along the lines of a small Old English Sheepdog.
UKC
The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all, but is an ancient Tibetan herding breed, believed to be the progenitor of the Lhasa Apso and other Eastern European herding breeds. It was also used as a guard dog of the Tibetan monasteries and was often referred to as a "holy dog" and was thought to bring good luck. The Tibetan Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1973.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Sturdy, medium-sized, long-haired, generally square outline.
KC
Sturdy, medium-sized, long-haired, generally square outline. Balanced, without exaggeration.
UKC
The Tibetan Terrier is a medium sized, powerfully built, square breed with a profuse coat that comes in a variety of colors. It has large, flat feet and a high set tail that curls over the back.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Length from point of shoulder to root of tail equal to height at withers.
KC
Lively, good-natured. Loyal companion dog with many engaging ways.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Lively, good-natured. Loyal companion dog with many engaging ways. Outgoing, alert, intelligent and game; neither fierce nor pugnacious. Sparing of affection to strangers.
KC
Outgoing, alert, intelligent and game; neither fierce nor pugnacious. Sparing of affection to strangers.
UKC
The breed is highly intelligent, sensitive, loyal, devoted and affectionate. They may be cautious or reserved with strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Head well furnished with long hair, falling forward, but not over eyes, and not affecting the dog’s ability to see. Lower jaw carrying small, but not exaggerated amount of beard. In all giving a resolute expression.
KC
Skull of medium length, neither broad nor coarse, narrowing slightly from ear to eye, neither domed nor absolutely flat between ears. Zygomatic arch curved, but not overdeveloped so as to bulge. Marked stop, but not exaggerated. Muzzle strong; well developed lower jaw. Length from eye to tip of nose equal to length from eye to occiput. Nose black. Head well furnished with long hair, falling forward but not affecting the dog's ability to see. Lower jaw carrying small, but not exaggerated amount of beard. In all giving a resolute expression.
UKC
The head is well furnished with long hair that falls over the eyes and the foreface.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Of medium length, neither broad nor coarse, narrowing slightly from ear to eye, neither domed nor absolutely flat between ears.
UKC
The skull is of medium length and width, slightly wider at the ear than at the eye. It is slightly rounded in shape, and there is a marked stop.

Stop

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FCI
Marked in front of eyes, but not exaggerated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black.
UKC
The nose is always black.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong. Length from eye to tip of nose equal to length from eye to occiput.
KC
Scissor or reverse scissor bite. Incisors set in slight curve, evenly spaced and set perpendicular to jaw. Full dentition desirable.
UKC
The muzzle is strong, with a well-developed lower jaw. The length of the muzzle is equal to the length of the skull. The cheeks are well-developed, but not bulging.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Lower jaw well developed. Incisors set in slight curve, evenly spaced and set perpendicular to jaw. Scissor or reversed scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors, even or reverse scissors bite. The incisors are set in a slight curve between the canine teeth. Faults: Overshot bite. Very undershot. Wry mouth.

Cheeks

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FCI
Zygomatic arch curved, but not overdeveloped so as to bulge.

Eyes

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FCI
Large, round, neither prominent nor sunken; set fairly wide apart; dark brown. Eye rims black.
KC
Large, round, dark brown, neither prominent nor sunken; set fairly wide apart. Eye rims black.
UKC
The eyes are large, dark brown in color and set fairly wide apart. The eyelids are dark in color.

Ears

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FCI
Pendant, carried not too close to head, V-shaped, not too large, set fairly high on the side of the skull, heavily feathered.
KC
Pendant, carried not too close to head, V-shaped, not too large, set fairly high on the side of the skull, heavily feathered.
UKC
Pendant, V-shaped ears fall not too close to the head. They are heavily feathered and should not be too large.

NECK

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FCI
Strong, muscular, medium length, allowing head to be carried above level of back and giving overall balanced appearance. Flowing into well placed shoulders.
KC
Strong, muscular, medium length, allowing head to be carried above level of back and giving overall balanced appearance. Flowing into well placed shoulders.
UKC
The length is in proportion to the body and the head. It is well set on, slightly arched and is carried erect.

BODY

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FCI
Well muscled, compact and powerful.
KC
Well muscled, compact and powerful. Length from point of shoulder to root of tail equal to height at withers. Fair spring of rib with depth of brisket to elbow. Ribbed well back. Top line level, loin short, slightly arched; croup level.
UKC
The body is compact, square and strong. The chest is deep, and the ribs are well-sprung. The topline is level to the loin, which is short, strong and slightly arched. The croup is flat to the set on of the tail.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Loin

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FCI
Short, slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Level.

Chest

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FCI
Fair spring of rib with depth of brisket to elbow. Ribbed well back.

TAIL

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FCI
Medium length set on fairly high and carried in a gay curl over back. Very well feathered. Kink near tip often occurring and permissible.
KC
Tail Medium length, set on fairly high and carried in a gay curl over back. Very well feathered. Kink near tip often occurring and permissible.
UKC
The tail is of medium length and is heavily furnished. It is set on fairly high and falls forward over the back. It may curl to either side. There may be a kink near the tip.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Heavily furnished.
KC
Heavily furnished. Shoulders well laid; with good length and slope of upper arm. Legs straight and parallel; pasterns slightly sloping.
UKC
The shoulders are sloping, well laid back, and are well muscled.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid with good length.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Good length and slope.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are straight and strong when viewed from the front, and are heavily furnished. The distance from the withers to the elbow equals the distance from the elbow to the ground. The pasterns slope slightly. Dewclaws may be removed.

Forearm

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FCI
Legs straight and parallel.

Pastern

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FCI
Slightly sloping.

FEET

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KC
Large, round, heavily furnished with hair between toes and pads. Standing well down on pads; no arch in feet.
UKC
The feet are unique, being large, flat and round in shape, producing a snowshoe effect that provides traction. There is no arch in the toes. The feet are heavily furnished with hair between the toes and the pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Large, round, heavily furnished with hair between toes and pads. Standing well down on pads; no arch in feet.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Heavily furnished, well muscled. Well bent stifles and low set hocks giving level topline and drive.
KC
Heavily furnished, well muscled. Well bent stifles and low set hocks giving level topline and drive.
UKC
Fairly broad, and well-muscled.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The hind legs are well bent at the stifle, with low set hocks. Dewclaws may be removed.

Hock joint

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FCI
Low set.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Smooth; effortless drive with good reach; powerful drive. When walking or trotting hind legs should track neither inside nor outside the front legs.
KC
Smooth; effortless stride with good reach; powerful drive. When walking or trotting hindlegs should track neither inside nor outside the front legs.
UKC
At a trot, the gait is smooth and free, with good reach and powerful drive. There should be a tendency to single track.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Double coat. Undercoat fine and woolly. Top coat profuse, fine but neither silky nor woolly; long; either straight or waved but not curled.
KC
Double coat. Undercoat fine and woolly. Top coat profuse, fine but neither silky nor woolly; long; either straight or waved but not curly.
UKC
The Tibetan Terrier has a profuse, double coat. The undercoat is soft and woolly. The outer coat is long and fine. It may be wavy or straight.

COLOUR

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FCI
White, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours; in fact any colour except chocolate or liver permissible.
KC
White, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours; in fact any colour except chocolate or liver permissible.
UKC
Any color or combination of colors, including white, are acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height at shoulder: dogs: 36-41 cms (14-16 ins); bitches: slightly smaller.
UKC
The average height for males is 14 to 16 inches. Slightly less for females. Weight range is approximately 18 to 30 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI
Males 36 - 41 cms; females slightly smaller.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Nose: Nose any other color than black.
Eyes: Prominent or sunken eyes.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.