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.
Questions and Answers
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
The price is the same whether you want just a
pet or a show dog.
We have small
children, how will they react
As a rule of thumb, we like to meet your family to make a determination.
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
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
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
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
have a loving home for its full life.
What do you
insist as basic qualifications
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
- 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,
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
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
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
that can only be judged by meeting the potential owner first hand and
interacting directly with the puppy of their choice. [Shipping costs
of course in addition to the price of the puppy.]
We want a
Tibetan immediately. When
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
of our home page and cycle through the various breeders and/or you
try a search engine such as Google to find one. You might even
searching for a local dog show, which are numerous throughout the
to see what is
in your area.
Are they couch
They like human's have their moments of great
energy and desire to play and then they too like their quiet
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
Likewise, they are there for you when you are down.
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