tibetan terrier breed information

common health issues

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Normally, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A luxated lens lies in an abnormal position, either backward or forward of it's normal position. Treatment ranges from conservative treatment to removal of the affected eye.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

The hardy Tibetan Terrier, also known as The Holy Dog of Tibet, is a breed built to withstand the extreme climate and difficult terrain of its home country. He is actually not a true terrier, but was given his name by European travelers who thought he looked like their terriers at home. His Tibetan name, “Tsang Apso”, means "shaggy or bearded dog from the Tsang province". Related to the smaller Lhasa Apso (also from Tibet), he was bred by Tibetan monks almost 2,000 years ago, who treasured him as a companion, mascot and watchdog. Tibetan Terriers were also occasionally used for herding and accompanying travellers over rough mountain paths, but he was generally not a working dog. He was sometimes given as a gift to travelers or friends as a good luck charm, which is how he first made his way to Europe.

The Tibetan Terrier evolved over thousands of years to thrive in very cold, harsh conditions. The result is a sure-footed, medium-sized dog with a shaggy double coat that comes in a wide variety of colors, including white, black, gold and various combinations. Despite the long forelock that usually falls across his eyes, he has excellent eyesight. Weighing between 20 and 25 lbs., he adapts equally well to apartment life or a more spacious home.

Historically treated as a treasured member of the family, the Tibetan Terrier makes an affectionate and amiable companion. He is an eager helper, responding well to positive reinforcement and consistent obedience training. His playful energy and strength make him a natural athlete, and he can do very well in agility, flyball and other competitions.

Energy and strength aside, the Tibetan Terrier is prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health — not to mention your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Tibetan Terriers are prone to include knee and hip problems such as luxating patellas and hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as lens luxation and progressive retinal atrophy; and neurological issues such as neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Tibetan Terrier inherits anything more than his mom’s bad knees or his dad’s bad hips, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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