The Tibetan Terrier has been existence for 2000 years, developed and raised in monasteries by Tibetan lamas. Like other ancient breeds, the Tibetan Terrier is tightly entwined in the culture of its keepers. They are loyal companions, helpful work partners, protectors, livestock herders and guardians, and are endowed with spiritual significance. Their profuse double coat and strong, agile physicality are well-suited to the extreme climate and terrain they have historically inhabited. This hardiness, combined with intelligence and sensitivity, make them engaging and fun-loving companions. As they can be a suspicious of strangers, socialization is important and they respond best to consistent, positive training. That long, thick coat needs combing and other maintenance at least once a week.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.