Tibetan Terrier Cost

Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

The Tibetan Terrier was originally bred by the Tibetan monks in China and were never sold on the market as they were only given by friends or dignitaries.

Often considered the “Holy Dog of Tibet,” these dogs are said to bring great luck to their owners.

Tibetan Terrier Cost
Daisy – Tibetan Terrier – at the Dog Bar” (CC BY 2.0) by Ian McFegan

How much does a Tibetan Terrier cost?

The cost of a Tibetan Terrier puppy will depend on the breeder you’re adopting from, their reputation, geographical location, and the dog’s quality/pedigree, age, health and gender.  From our research online, a puppy around eight weeks old can cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500 if adopting from a reputable breeder.

Considered one of the most expensive dog breeds on the market, the higher price is due to the rarity of this breed as they are very hard to find in the United States.  If you are even able to find a reputable breeder online, be prepared to be placed on a waiting list.

At the time of this publishing, for example, PuppyFind.com, an online dog-only classified website, had 20 active listings, with prices ranging from $1,800 to $2,600.

DogBreedsList.info notes the average price for a puppy can range from $1,200 to $2,000.

What should be included in the adoption?

Most reputable breeders, at a minimum, should include registration paperwork, up-to-date vaccinations, a veterinarian examination, a health certificate, a health guarantee and if shipped via an airline/car — a travel crate.  All breeders will vary with their inclusions, with some offers more than this, while some non-reputable breeders may offer much less.  Always know what you’re getting with your adoption before signing the contract and placing your deposit to secure your puppy.

Tibetan Terrier description

EnergyVery active, enjoying walks, exploring and playing fetch
Good with children?Yes, as long as well behaved and supervised
Good with dogs and cats?Yes, as long as well behaved and supervised
GroomingCombed 2-3 a week and groomed professionally every 30 days
Height14-18 inches, with females slightly smaller
Life Expectancy14-16 years
PersonalityCaring, Receptive, Choral and Clever
Weight18-31 pounds, with females slightly smaller


Medium in size, their longer coat often resembles that of a sheepdog.  While they do carry the “Terrier” name, they are said to carry no Terrier traits as per NextDayPets.com.  This fit, furry, adaptable breed makes a great buddy for any loving family.  Aside from this, they are also known to be a great guard dog and even good at herding.

The Tibetan Terrier has double coat designed to protect it from the harsher climates.  The outer coat is known to be longer, while fine to the touch, either wavy or straight, while the undercoat is denser, softer and similar to a wool-like feel.  The coats can come in an array of colors, with white, silver, gold, black, red and cream being the most popular, either as a solid or bi-color mixture.


Brainy, caring and devoted to its family, the Tibetan Terrier loves human companionship, thriving on it.  If left alone for hours throughout the day, it may lead to destructive behavior, especially if not trained early in their puppy years.  Known as a very delicate dog, they will respond to their owner’s emotions, feelings and mood.

The Tibetan Terrier can get along well with well-mannered children and can even be great with other pets as well; however, they are known to be leery of strangers and seeing they do make great guard dogs, they may be a bit hesitant to people they never met before, often barking and/or growling.  Even though they are not aggressive by nature, be prepared for a bark or two if a stranger approaches.

Size and weight

Males and females both measure anywhere from 15-17 inches, while weights vary from 17-31 pounds.

Facts to know

Due to the dog’s long coat, they will require frequent brushing/grooming sessions.  Twice to three times a week, the dog’s coat must be brushed to keep it from matting and/or tangling.  This can also help keep the coat looking shiny and healthy.   Also, because of this long coat, misting it with a dog conditioner before combing it can help prevent breaking away any hair strands.  Only bathe the dog when absolutely necessary as excessive baths can do more harm than good.  If you fail to acknowledge the dog’s coat, “shaggy dog syndrome” may occur, which means all sorts of debris, such as snow, mud and leaves, can get clung to its long hair, eventually finding its way on your floor.

The breed is prone to health conditions such as cataracts, hernias, hip dysplasia, lens luxations and progressive retinal atrophy.

As with most dogs, the Tibetan Terrier is no exception when it comes to activities and exercise.  At a minimum, be prepared to take your dog out for a walk at least 20-30 minutes a day, and while they can do okay in an apartment-like setting, they will only cope as long as they receive this necessary exercise.

The Tibetan Terrier is often noted as a “non-shedding” dog, making it a great candidate as a hypo-allergenic dog.  This claim is not true, however, according to YourPurebredPuppy.com.  These dogs, do, in fact, shed, meaning these hairs will find its way to the floor and/or even get caught in the longer tousled hair, making it a nightmare for those who do suffer from allergies.

The National Breed Club recommends testing for a hip evaluation, PLL DNA test, NCL DNA test and ophthalmologist evaluation when adopting.

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