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What is your history with Tibetans?

We adopted our first Tibetan Terrier from Diane De La Rosa (Char Su) in 1992. CH Char Su’s Cinemax, our gold and white male, was born July 25, 1992. We were looking for an excellent companion dog and that is what we found in Max. We weren’t sure that we wanted to show dogs, but Cassandra decided to give it a try and began training with professional handler Don Rodgers. The show bug bit us, and we began going to a number of local shows. We even bought a new van and called it the “Max Mobile.” Our life had definitely taken a different road when we began talking about a second Tibetan Terrier. We decided to adopt another one of Diane's puppies. On June 13, 1994, Starry (CH Char Su’s Starlight Express) was born. She was a red brindle with white. It wasn’t long before we were talking about breeding Starlight and Max. Our TT family had begun!

Over the years, Chris and Cassandra have had a number of wonderful achievements with the dogs: placing in Group, winning Specialties, and regularly finishing the year with dogs in the top rankings.

Our dogs are always owner-handled. We show dogs for the fun and enjoyment of showing dogs and our love of the breed. We don’t hire handlers. Our achievements are our own. Chances are that our dogs could do even better with a handler, but we aren’t going to have our dogs on the road all year with someone else. This is a hobby (albeit a crazy one!). We don’t go to every show every weekend and we don’t fly across the country nearly as much as other people do.

Chris and Cassandra breed selectively, averaging one litter every 1-2 years. Our dogs are pets first and show dogs second. They live in our houses, go for walks, play with each other, and sleep on our beds. We don’t have a kennel facility because this is not our business. These dogs are family! All of our puppies are raised in our house and interact with people and the other dogs regularly.

Our love of the Tibetan Terrier breed continues with a special fondness for the red and gold colors. We do keep an occasional black and white TT, just to keep everyone guessing – and to keep the pigmentation in our line.

Other General Questions and Answers

       
  •  Home much do they cost?
    • The cost varies over time, part of the country, general availability and breeder/breed line: but at the moment I would guess a good Tibetan puppy today will sell for $1,500 plus range.
       
  • We don't want to show it, so how much does a pet cost?
    • The price is the same whether you want just a pet or a show dog.
       
  • We have small children, how will they react with them?
    • As a rule of thumb, we like to meet your family to make a determination.
       
  • Are Tibetan Terriers right for my family?
    • Having no prior knowledge of your family or family circumstances, I am unable to answer that question for you.  I suggest you read the traits of the breed (which you can find on this web site), visit a dog show to see them first hand, or find a breeder in your area that you can visit.
       
  • Are they hard to care for?
    • Like any other dog (or small child) they require regular baths, grooming, daily meals, and attention. I have read that a minimum of about 20 minutes a day of play, scratching/rubbing, walking, etc. is needed to address any dog's minimum need for daily human interaction. In addition, if your TT is kept in full coat, regular daily grooming will greatly minimize small tangles from becoming big rats nests. Grooming issues are further minimized if they are not allowed to do such things as run and roll in the neighbors muddy horse pen or that big old stand of pine trees in the back yard. If they are not being maintained for show or you are looking for a slightly more maintenance free approach, try having them 'clipped down' to what we have called their 'summer coat' (see Starlight's and Max's web page for a photo of them clipped down). In conclusion, they do require more grooming time and attention than say a German Shepherd, but we think they are worth it. I find it soothing to both myself and the dog, grooming one of them in my lap each evening as I set watching television. It has become a nice quiet time for all of us.
       
  • I am in my 80's will you sell me a Tibetan Terrier?
    • As a general rule of thumb, the answer would be no as TT 's live to be 15+ years old and we want to assure that it will have a loving home for its full life.
       
  • What do you insist as basic qualifications for a buyer?
    • In general, we look for a potential buyer that ...
      - Will be caring and provide a caring enviironment
      - Appears compatible with the dog
      - Has no small children or a minimum of otther pets
      - Has a history of caring for pets and undderstands the responsibility that comes with them
      - Has a fenced yard
      - Is planning to care for it for up to 15 years of its life
      - Has done their homework and is familiar with the breed and believe it is for them
       
  • We already have one (or more) other dogs, will you sell to us?
    • It depends on the circumstances such as size of home, type of other dogs, etc.
       
  • I live on the East coast but would like to purchase one of your puppies.  Will you ship it to me?
    • Yes and No.  Yes, we have shipped puppies under the proper conditions and they tend to vary with the time of the year as heat is a major factor.  No, in that it has been our general policy not to sell a puppy to anyone sight unseen.  We believe it is important that the owner and the puppy appear compatible and we believe that can only be judged by meeting the potential owner first hand and then interacting directly with the puppy of their choice. [Shipping costs are of course in addition to the price of the puppy.]
       
  • We want a Tibetan immediately.  When can we have one of yours?
    • Being a small breeder we do not have many litters and they are infrequent as we are not pure puppy breeders; but we have a loyal following of people interested in our line and the type of dogs we produce.  If you believe you are interested, please send us an email at info@StarlightTibetanTerrier.com
       
  • Where can I find a breeder in my area?
    • You have started in the right place -- the internet.  You can use the Tibetan Terrier web ring which is located at the very bottom of our home page and cycle through the various breeders and/or you might try a search engine such as Google to find one.  You might even try searching for a local dog show, which are numerous throughout the country, to see what is available in your area.
       
  • Are they couch potatoes?
    • They like human's have their moments of great energy and desire to play and then they too like their quiet time.  They are sponges and will suck up all of the attention you care to give them either rubbing their sides and scratching their heads or tummies.  Likewise, they are there for you when you are down.
       
  • Which is better, a boy or a girl?
    • It depends on your desires, disposition and life style.  I have not noticed male dogs any more or less energetic or active than most of our females.  As puppies, they are all little balls of energy and seek time for play and mischief.  As they mature, they all seem to slow down and mellow out, but still enjoy a walk around the block, romp in the park or beach or a game of catch.  The major difference is in their methods of marking territory.
       
  • What colors do they come in?
    • They come in black, white, gold, and red plus many variations and mixes of these colors.  Color is, of course, generic and follows most of the normal rules; however, it is also very random and you never know for sure what colors you will get until they arrive.
 

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