Tibetan Terriers: Pros and Cons
Bobby my Tibetan Terrier
Tibetan Terriers - a brilliant dog!
I am currently writing this review with my black and white Tibetan Terrier Bobby, aka Bobby Dazzler, laying on the sofa next to me and squishing me into a corner as he’s so relaxed.
There are several things about Tibetan Terriers that you should know if you are considering getting one.
They don’t moult.
They don’t smell bad.
They aren’t aggressive and will let babies play with them and pull their whiskers with no comeback.
They are easy to housetrain: Bobby was trained within three weeks.
They are devoted, totally loyal, protective and loving. I call Bobby my shadow as I can’t even go to the bathroom without him following me.
They are intelligent and so respond very quickly to training and discipline when required.
They are great watchdogs, but this means they bark a lot.
They are fussy eaters.
Their fur can get matted easily if they are not kept groomed. This can also be costly if you decide to keep him clipped: $47/£35 every four to six weeks depending on which country you live in. Make sure that the hair gets plucked out of their ears otherwise it grows down the shaft and irritates them. Although in the winter, plucking seems to cause my dog an ear infection.
They have inherent hip dysplasia which means either a costly hip replacement operation or hydrotherapy every fortnight (which actually my dog loves and now his hips are fine so no need for the operation).
They can be very wilful and hold a grudge.
They can be demanding in their need for attention and affection and get ants in their pants and demand to go for two or three walks a day if you don’t keep it under control. There are times when Bobby gets too big for his boots and tries to control me so I have to put him in his place and show him who is boss.
Things they love:
Hanging out of the car door with the wind in their hair.
Chewing rawhide bones.
Playing in the snow.
Going with you wherever you can take him.
Things they hate:
Being in your bad books. One of the most effective ways of disciplining Bobby is to tell him off and then totally ignore him, refusing even to look at him. He absolutely hates it since this means he doesn’t get any attention and one thing Tibetan’s thrive on is attention.
All in all, they are absolutely wonderful little dogs. They are a small-medium sized dog, growing up to 18 inches in height and around 30lbs. They come in white, black and fawn and a combination of these colours. They are great with children and easy to look after, loving, devoted and fun. They understand everything you tell them, will wait on command and show you what they need from you. Bobby even talks to me if I try to make him go to the toilet when he doesn’t need to! They think they are human so will want to be involved in everything, even getting in your bed. They are smiley happy dogs and a joy to have as part of the family.