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History of the Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier, the Holy Dog of Tibet, evolved over two thousand years of harsh conditions, tempered by the warmth and care of Monks high in the Himalayas.

The “Little People”, as they were called, were highly valued as companions to the Monks and families who owned them. They were treated like children in the family. Like the children, they eagerly assisted in taking care of the monastery’s or family’s property and their flocks and herds.

Sure footed and reliable, they were sometimes sent to accompany a particularly esteemed traveler on a treacherous mountain journey home.

No Tibetan in old Tibet who was fortunate enough to own a Tibetan Terrier would ever sell their dog. The dogs were considered gook luck, and no one in their right mind would “sell” part of their luck. Mistreating or mismating a Tibetan Terrier could bring bad luck to the family or even the village.

They were, however, given as gifts, perhaps in appreciation of a highly

valued deed. The first Tibetan Terrier to come to Europe came with an English doctor who was given a dog in return for saving someone’s life.

The Tibetan Terrier who has emerged from this special environment is a healthy, bouncy, well-proportioned breed with a gentle, fun temperament. He is highly intelligent, sensitive and devoted.

He is not a hunter. He may or may not be a herder. He is, above all, a companion. As a member of the family, he has few equals-constantly cheerful, wonderful with children, warm and affectionate. He is genuinely interested in your daily goings-on, will involve himself in your life and will soon take a position as a cherished member of your family.

If you would like a companion who can think for himself or herself, “laugh” when you are sad, one that is beautiful to look at and has a very special history, come and meet a Tibetan Terrier.

But beware! You may never be free of their spell.

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