The Lost Valley was so inaccessible that visitors were often given a dog to safeguard them on their journey. These dogs were never sold, as the families did not want to tempt fate by selling their "luck."
ABOUT TIBETAN TERRIERS
History Tibetan Terriers
The Tibetan Terrier is not a terrier at all,
but is another legend-steeped Asian breed which has come down
to us from ancient times. Believed to have bred by Tibetan
monks, and jealously guarded in the holy city of Lhasa, the
Tibetan Terrier was treasured as a symbol of good luck. The
Tibetan Terrier is a well-muscled, medium-sized dog and in
general appearance not unlike an Old English Sheep dog in
miniature. An excellent little pet, this dog is easy to train.
It has a loving disposition and is active and playful, but
takes its time accepting strangers. Its rather loud bark makes
it a good watch-dog. It does not require much exercise, though
it thoroughly enjoys a romp, particular in the country. Its
undercoat usually sheds once each year and its outer coat
every three years.
General Appearance: a medium sized dog with
a bushy coat.
Height: 14 to 16 inches at the shoulder, bitches
Head: well furnished with long hair. Skull
neither doomed nor flat, narrowing somewhat towards the
eyes. Marked stop. Jaws forming a clean curve. Slight beard.
Eyes: large dark, rather wide apart. Rims
Ears: pendant, V-shaped, medium sized, feathered.
Body: sturdy, well ribbed. Slightly arched
Tail: medium length, set rather high, well
feathered, curled on the back, often with a kink in the
Forequarters: straight, well-muscled.
Hindquarters: well muscled, hocks set low.
Feet: big, round, well garnished with hair.
Coat: abundant, fine long hair, neither silky
nor woolly, straight or wavy. Undercoat of a fine wool.
Colour: golden, white, cream, grey, soot,
black parti-coloured and tricoloured. All colours are acceptable
except chocolate or liver.
Faults: overshot or undershot bite. Weak pointed