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Tibetan Terrier

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Intelligent, affectionate and loyal, these adorable canines will have your back from day one. They’ll happily trot along, by your side on long walks and play with the kids until they run out of energy.

Where I'm From

Almost 2000 years ago in a land far, far away (unless you live near Tibet) monks fell in love with a little dog they came to consider a good luck charm. The ancient breed would become the forefather to all Tibetan breeds including the Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel.

These hardy pooches were developed to withstand the harsh climate of Tibet and their little feet act as snow-shoes to help them move around in winter.

What I Look Like

Tibetan Terriers are medium sized dogs with shaggy coats. They look sweet and attractive but there’s a fair bit of work involved in maintaining their coats. These precious canines come in a variety of colours and patterns including white, brindle, silver and black.

They have a double coat which helps them adapt to different climates. The undercoat is soft and wooly, while the topcoat is wavy or straight. The Tibetan Terrier’s long hair hovers just above the ground.

Dark brown eyes and a black nose complement their coats, and these pretty canines will grow to between 36 and 41 centimetres tall.

How I Act

These beloved pooches are intelligent and sensitive souls which explains why monks fell in love with them all those years ago. They’re full of beans and will certainly get you moving on long daily walks.

The boundless energy of children will be well matched with this lively breed although other dogs may be more than a little put off by these terriers. Some will dominate other breeds. That’s why it’s important to socialise this breed early. They also have a natural guarding instinct which makes them wonderful watchdogs.

Training is fairly clear-cut provided owners keep their cool and remain firm and consistent. These dogs can be stubborn so don’t give them a reason to rebel if you can avoid it.

Looking After Me

Tibetan Terriers are well suited to owners who have plenty of time to spend with them during the day. They need to be taken on long daily walks and will cherish the time you spend together. They’re affectionate and loyal animals who feel protective of the one’s they hold dear. They may be reserved around strangers though and will need a bit of time to warm up.

This breed will also bite into your leisure time getting their grooming requirements met. While your dog is still maturing it will need to be brushed every day to prevent its long coat from matting. When your Tibetan Terrier is 18 months old, you won’t need to groom it quite as often. One to three times a week will be enough to keep it in good shape.

As mentioned earlier, these stocky terriers will need to be socialised early in life if they’re to suppress their natural dominating instincts. Most will take to training but every so often a stubborn one will buck the trend. Training should be consistent, positive and fun.

Tibetan Terriers are best off in a fenced yard but shouldn’t be left for extended periods by themselves. They can go one of two ways when they’re bored. They’ll either bark a lot and drive you and your neighbours batty, or they’ll try to make an escape. Neither are great outcomes!

This breed is generally healthy but you should keep your eyes peeled for symptoms of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Lens Luxation and Hip Dysplasia as these illnesses can be more common in this breed. They can also be sensitive to fleas thus they’re best kept away from cats.

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Cockatiel plucking her feathers

Hi! I hope you can help me with my cockatiel, I write from Spain and here they aren't that common so vets don't know much about treating them. I have a 5 years old female cockatiel and she is very affectionate, 2 years ago I had to spend a couple of months at a hospital and my parents during that time were either working or visiting me, so she felt lonely and started plucking her feathers. Even after I went back home she continued with this behaviour and hasn't stopped. I took her to different vets, they told me to give her small amounts of a syrup that was meant for calming itching and an antibiotic in case it was something producing an itching, but neither worked. I also tried a spray called "Pluck-no-more" with the same results. In case she was lonely we got her a mate, but it may be also female since they don't pay attention to each other at all. She rubs her cloaca on the perch often but the other tiel ignores it (the pet shop said it was male but they said the same with her and then she laid an egg...). The layer that covers the feather while growing (not sure of the name in English) doesn't grow normally, looks more like bland plastic than a hard cover like the ones on my other birds pin feathers (besides her, I have another cockatiel and a lovebird). Is as if the feathers on the plucking areas aren't growing correctly. The areas she plucks are under the wings, the part where wings join the body, and the body area that is covered by the wings while resting. While plucking she lets out small cries. The fluff covers these areas so by just looking at her isn't easy to tell, unless you watch her while preening. I let her play outside of the cage very often, but lately she can't fly well and I think it may be caused by the loss of these feathers. As I said, vets in this area are more specialized in cats and dogs and know little about parrots, so I hope you can advise me since these birds are native to Australia. Is there some kind of balm or spray I can apply on her skin to soothe it? Some medicine I can ask my local vet to use? I love her and it hurts seeing her in pain everytime she preens. Any advice would be much appreciated. Greetings from Spain!