Owning a Tibetan Terrier (or as some might say, being owned by a Tibetan Terrier) can be a wonderful experience. However, when you bring a TT puppy into your life, you are also making a big commitment. TTs can live 15 or more years, so you are wise to consider your choice carefully.
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This breed is not for everyone, but for many devoted TT owners, there is no breed that compares. After having Tibetan Terriers, you will not want to live without a shaggy, amusing TT companion.
DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN?
If you are considering getting a TT “for” your child, please be aware that in the vast majority of cases your child will not be the one taking care of the dog. This job (regardless of what the child promised before you brought the dog home) invariably will fall to the adult. If you are not willing to assume the ultimate responsibility of the dog yourself (as the adult), please don’t bring a puppy home.
Common sense dictates that children need to learn to be watchful of basic things such as not allowing a puppy to escape out a door when the child is coming/going, and not to leave their valued toys where the puppy can reach them. However, children also need to be taught how to properly interact and be respectful of a dog and its space. TTs can be fairly independent, and although many love children, they also may have limits as to how (and how much) they want to interact with the kids. Children need to be mindful of this.
Although older children may be taught to be considerate of a dog’s needs, infants and toddlers clearly can not. In our opinion, young children and dogs need to be supervised at all times when they are together. If you are not able to provide such constant supervision (which understandably can be difficult, especially in a hectic household), you may want to consider waiting until your child is older before bringing a TT into your home.
In addition, some TT puppies can be quite mouthy, and may jump on children and knock them over. Jumping and playing using their mouths are things that come naturally to a puppy, so the puppy will likely need to be taught to interact differently with people (including children, whom TTs will often view similar to “litter mates”) than it would with dogs. Manners aren’t taught overnight, and all family members should train consistently.