History of the Tibetan Terrier

The Tibetan Terrier, the Holy Dog of Tibet, evolved over two thousand years of harsh conditions, tempered by the warmth and care of Monks high in the Himalayas.

The “Little People”, as they were called, were highly valued as companions to the Monks and families who owned them. They were treated like children in the family. Like the children, they eagerly assisted in taking care of the monastery’s or family’s property and their flocks and herds. (more…)

About Regalia

REGALIA TIBETAN TERRIERS was begun in 1976 when we had the good fortune to meet Anne Keleman of TI SONG TIBETAN TERRIERS. That meeting resulted in our becoming enamored with the breed and becoming the proud owner of a beautiful female puppy, Happy, who would quickly become Champion Ti Songs Happiness is Hope, our first Champion Tibetan Terrier.

The rest is history. At REGALIA we are proud to have had our dogs serve as the foundation for and included in the pedigrees of many of the best known and top winning Tibetan Terrier breeders.

We are not a kennel. Our dogs are raised as companions in our home with love and affection. Health and temperament are primary concerns of our breeding program. Our pups are raised around other dogs, our cats, and lots of neighborhood children who stop by almost every day. When the pups are old enough they have a large yard in which they romp and learn about the great outdoors. It isn’t unusual for us to hear a little knock on the door and find the neighborhood children asking “Can the pups come out to play?”

Prior to breeding our dogs obtain OFA and CERF Certifications as well as DNA testing for PLL and NCL to assure us that they do not have those hereditary conditions. Because of this, over the 35 years that we have been in the breed, we have had very few health problems and are able to provide a strong health guarantee on our pups.

We live in a lovely small town in the “Gold Country” area of the California Sierra Foothills. Our dog owners and customers frequently spend the night or weekend in our guest house and enjoy the sights in this interesting part of California history.

In our 35 years in the breed, in addition to health and personality, we have remained true to our desire to produce living art through Sculptural Genetics.

Please contact us for more information.

Jerry and Jeanette Chaix

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Tibetan Terrier Breed Standards

Before you adopt a Tibetan Terrier, here are the AKC standards you should know:

General Appearance:

The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-sized dog, profusely coated, of powerful build, and square in proportion. A fall of hair covers the eyes and foreface. The well-feathered tail curls up and falls forward over the back. The feet are large, flat, and round in shape, producing a snowshoe effect that provides traction. The Tibetan Terrier is well balanced and capable of both strong and efficient movement. The Tibetan Terrier is shown as naturally as possible.