His double coat is woolly underneath and long and silky on the top needing daily grooming and clipping to prevent it from matting. Although the coat is considered non-molting he does shed small amounts of hair. Colour variations include white, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours; in fact any colour except chocolate or liver.If not showing owners should consider clipping their Tibetan’s coat short, particularly in hot weather.
The Tibetan is an ancient breed and has contributed to the formation of other breeds such as the Lhasa Apso and Shih-Tzu. The breed is believed to have originated from Tibet some 2,000 years ago where he was kept by monks and considered a good luck charm. His popularity has grown enormously in the UK in recent years as he makes an ideal miniature Old English Sheepdog.
He is lively and energetic and makes a good guard dog. That said he needs firm handling as he has the ability and intelligence to get the better of his owners and start ruling the roost. He can live in the town or the country and needs up to an hours exercise a day as he has a lot of energy. Size wise he can reach up to 43cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 14kg. The Tibetan is relatively healthy as a breed with no known hereditary health conditions. He has a life expectancy of up to 15 years.