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  • Tibetan Terriers are wonderful family dogs but are best suited for homes with school-age children who know how to treat a dog properly.
  • Tibetan Terriers generally do well with dogs and other pets, especially if they have been raised with them.
  • The Tibetan Terrier requires frequent brushing and a bath at least once per month.
  • Tibetan Terriers make great watchdogs and will bark when they see or hear anything unusual.
  • If they get daily exercise, Tibetan Terriers can do well in apartments or condos.
  • Tibetan Terriers thrive on human companionship and do best in homes where they get plenty of attention and aren't left alone for long periods.
  • Barking is a favorite pastime for a Tibetan Terrier. He'll bark when people come to the door, when he sees or hears something unusual, or just out of boredom.
  • Tibetan Terriers require daily exercise and will enjoy a couple of 15-minute walks or one longer walk.
  • The Tibetan Terrier can be easy to train with positive reinforcement techniques such as praise, play, and food rewards.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from a puppy mill, a pet store, or a breeder who doesn't provide health clearances or guarantees. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they're free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies and who breeds for sound temperaments.

Guidelines for Buying a Tibetan Terrier Puppy


1.           No matter what breed you get or who the breeder is, ask for a written health guarantee (a contract).  The contract should include (among other things) lifetime return policy, health guarantee, a spay-neuter agreement for pets, a visit to the vet within a specific period, etc. You might ask to see a copy of the contract early in the discussion.


2.           Inquire about the parents', grandparents', and their siblings' hips ratings (OFA* rating and/or Pennhip* rating). For breeding purposes, the parents' hips are usually rated fair, good or excellent by the OFA.


3.           Ask about eye checks on the parents (CERF*).


4.           Ask to see a paper copy of the OFA rating or Penn hip rating and the eye checks. Hip and eye check results are available on line at the OFA* website as are results of genetic test such as PLL, NCL, and JRD if you have the registered names of the dogs.  Parental genetic results of the Smooth Furnishings mutation should be requested from your breeder.


5.           Inquire if there is any lymphoma or other cancer, heart disease, or auto-immune problems that the breeder knows of in the pups' pedigree. These genetic diseases are uncommon in general, but can be more prevalent in some pedigrees.


6.           Ask if your breeder microchips the pup before leaving the premises.


7.           The breeder should be able to provide you with a 5 generation pedigree and  litter registration papers for the UKC* or AKC*.  An up-to-date record of inoculations and a veterinarian's certificate of good health (or veterinarian’s contact information), which is dated within the last 10 to 14 days should be available also.
8.     Look at the age of the sire and dam.  Are they old in dog years (ex. 5 yrs old x 7 = 35 yrs old) or too young (under 2yo)?  If they are too young, the breeding may have been "accidental", but all testing (OFA/PENNHIP, CERF, PLL, NCL, JRD, and smooth as required) should have been completed after the accident occurred.  


8.           A copy of the pups' evaluation(s) on structure, temperament, etc., if such evaluations were done on the litter may be provided.


9.           A "puppy packet" for you with the above paperwork plus feeding suggestions and vaccination time lines.


10.       Your veterinarian should examine newly purchased dogs within 72 hours of purchase.


Trust your intuition when buying a puppy.  If things do not seem "right" after you have asked questions, it is best to look elsewhere for your puppy.  Remember that you get what you pay for and AKC titles DO NOT always mean the parents were of breeding quality.  Always remember that professional handlers (AKC only) can put a champion title on any dog.  UKC does not permit professional handlers.


If you have any questions about what the breeder is or is not providing, free feel to contact TTAA Breeder Referral.


You might find these web sites helpful when looking to buy a puppy:


*OFA = Orthopedic Foundation For Animals 


*CERF = Canine Eye Registration Foundation

*PENNHIP - University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program

*UKC = United Kennel Club "

*AKC = American Kennel Club "

So what IS the real difference between buying a purebred puppy from a reputable show breeder vs. buying one form a pet store/backyard breeder?  Forbes Magazine's Allen St John provides a little food for thought in this article:


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