The UK Kennel Club is responsible for maintaining
the UK Tibetan Terrier Breed Standard at all the shows in
the UK. This is the standard that judges are required to adhere
In March 2010 the Kennel Club issued a revised Tibetan Terrier
breed standard, following discussions with breed clubs. The revision involved adding the phrase
but not affecting the dog's ability to see to the HEAD AND SKULL paragraph.
The full standard, reproduced below, can also be read on the Kennel Club website.
The USA has its own AKC
Standard and other countries use the FCI
REVISED BREED STANDARD AS OF 1 March 2010
General Appearance Sturdy, medium-sized, long-haired, generally square outline. Balanced, without exaggeration.
Characteristic Lively, good-natured. Loyal companion dog with many engaging ways.
Outgoing, alert, intelligent and game; neither fierce nor pugnacious. Sparing of affection to strangers.
Head and Skull
Skull of medium length, neither broad nor coarse, narrowing slightly from ear to eye, neither domed nor absolutely flat between ears. Zygomatic arch curved, but not overdeveloped so as to bulge. Marked stop in front of eyes but not exaggerated. Muzzle strong; well developed lower jaw. Length from eye to tip of nose equal to length from eye to occiput. Nose black. Head well furnished with long hair, falling forward but not affecting the dog's ability to see. Lower jaw carrying small, but not exaggerated amount of beard. In all giving a resolute expression.
Large, round, dark brown, neither prominent nor sunken; set fairly wide apart. Eye rims black.
Pendant, carried not too close to head, V-shaped, not too large, set fairly high on the side of the skull, heavily feathered.
Scissor or reverse scissor bite. Incisors set in slight curve, evenly spaced and set perpendicular to jaw. Full dentition desirable.
Strong, muscular, medium length, allowing head to be carried above level of back and giving overall balanced appearance. Flowing into well placed shoulders.
Heavily furnished. Shoulders well laid; with good length and slope of upper arm. Legs straight and parallel; pasterns slightly sloping.
Well muscled, compact and powerful. Length from point of shoulder to root of tail equal to height at withers. Fair spring of rib with depth of brisket to elbow. Ribbed well back. Top line level, loin short, slightly arched; croup level.
Heavily furnished, well muscled. Well bent stifles and low set hocks giving level topline and drive.
Large, round, heavily furnished with hair between toes and pads. Standing well down on pads; no arch in feet.
Medium length, set on fairly high and carried in a gay curl over back. Very well feathered. Kink near tip often occurring and permissible.
Smooth; effortless stride with good reach; powerful drive. When walking or trotting hind legs should track neither inside nor outside the front legs.
Double coat. Undercoat fine and woolly. Top coat profuse, fine but neither silky nor woolly; long; either straight or waved but not curly.
White, golden, cream, grey or smoke, black, parti-colour and tricolours; in fact any colour except chocolate or liver permissible.
Height at shoulder: dogs: 36-41 cms (14-16 ins); bitches: slightly smaller.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.