Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

HIND LEGS

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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.

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.

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.

SIZE

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KC
Height at shoulder: dogs: 36-41 cms (14-16 ins); bitches: slightly smaller.

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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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