Tibetan Terrier Association of America, Inc.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Terrier – Senge.

Photograph by Bonnie Brock, 1969


  The Tibetan Terrier originally came from the Himalayan country of Tibet, an isolated region north of India. According to legend, the breed was primarily raised and kept purebred for over 2000 years in monasteries. These shaggy dogs were known as “The Holy Dogs of Tibet.” They were treasured by the lamas, who kept them as companions, good luck charms, mascots, and watchdogs. There is also evidence that TTs were used to herd as well as to retrieve articles that had tumbled down the steep rocky mountain sides. The breed is very sure-footed and they are powerful jumpers; they would be well suited for such tasks. They were never sold, but were given as gifts to promote good fortune or as a mark of great respect. The Tibetan Terrier is NOT a true terrier.