The Tibetan Terrier is a rare, medium-sized breed. It is affectionate, sensitive and devoted and bears a significant resemblance to its smaller cousin, the Lhasa Apso. Typically weighing in at 20-30 lbs. in adulthood, the Tibetan Terrier has a distinctive long, flowing coat and large, flat feet. The breed originates in Tibet, where it was kept as a watchdog, herding dog, and companion. This ancient dog has a wonderful, friendly personality and does very well with children and families.
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The Lhasa Apso comes originally from Tibet, where it worked historically as a watch dog. Today, these small dogs are well-loved companions and also excel in competitive agility. Their bodies are longer than they are tall, and they are known for their distinctive, long, flowing hair. Lhasa Apsos are deeply devoted to their families and are good with children. Because these dogs don’t shed much, they may be a good choice for those with allergies.
The Tibetan Spaniel is indeed originally from Tibet, but contrary to what you might think, is not technically a spaniel. Bred as monastery dogs, Tibetan Spaniels were cherished as companions and watchdogs. This little dog has a snub nose, big, expressive eyes, a curled tail and a “lion’s mane” around its neck. The Tibetan Spaniel thrives on human companionship, is intelligent and easily trained, and is affectionate and fiercely devoted to its owners.
The Shih-Tzu is one of the oldest dog breeds, originating in Tibet thousands of years ago. Known as the “lion dog”, these small lap dogs were prized by royalty as household pets. Shih-Tzus are affectionate companion and family animals, known to live long, healthy lives. They prefer to be indoors and, while often docile and quiet, are also playful and spunky. They become very attached to their owners and love to be spoiled. Because of their small size (they typically weigh in at 10-15 lbs.), Shih-Tzus are well suited for most living spaces, large or small.