Amaia is the foundation bitch (pedigree) for the kennel which is her namesake, AMAIA TIBETANS.

Amaia Tibetans is owned and operated by Penny and Ron White of Ashton (near Ottawa), Ontario, Canada.


Can Ch. Samsara Dscho Utra AMAIA JOY

Amaia is the foundation bitch (pedigree) for the kennel which is her namesake, AMAIA TIBETANS. This lovely little girl retired from the show ring in 1995 in order to have her first litter of puppies. Although she may reappear in the future at Specialties and in U.S. competition, she will be busy again in April, 1997 raising more Tibetan babies! At two and a half years of age, at Canada's first National Specialty in September '95, Amaia is proud to boast that she placed first in the prestigious Breeders' Sweepstake, judged by Jane Reif. Amaia Joy is truly well-named, because she brings pleasure and JOY every day of her life to her adoring and captivated folks…….. 

The Tibetan Terrier is a rare breed not seen all that often in Canada, but we are increasing in numbers, and TTs are appearing more frequently in the show ring and in our parks. This is an ancient breed, bred by monks in the monasteries in Tibet as companions. Some may have also been used for herding by nomadic Tibetans. The breed is thought to be about 2000 years old. These dogs could only be received as gifts and were never sold. They are referred to as "Little People" because of their charm, loving nature and personality. They are extremely bright, and are always thinking up something original to do. They are full of life and can be pleasingly rambunctious as adolescents. They are long-lived (14-16 years) and maintain their youthful traits well into their senior years. Their main purpose in life is to please their loved ones and be near them. 

This is one reason why it is preferable to place a puppy in a home where someone is home during the day. Tibetan Terriers are described as non-shedding, although they do blow coat occasionally and certainly are not maintenance free. They require consistent grooming care. This can be almost daily during adolescence when they are changing from puppy (single) coat to adult (double) coat. But once they mature, a commitment of about 40 minutes to an hour every 4 days should keep the coat in good condition and looking typically Tibetan and splendid. They are a healthy, sturdy breed which is very understandable, given their origins. Many people have described a Tibetan Terrier as a big dog in a small dog’s body. They range from 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and usually weigh from 18 to 25 pounds. Females are usually smaller than males. 

There are historically only a few litters born in Canada each year. Our main interests as breeders are genetics, health and temperament. We show our Tibetans for the sheer pride and pleasure of it, and endeavour to put championships on those which are worthy. We consider placing a Tibetan Terrier not unlike offering a child for adoption. We want to be assured that the prospective owner knows everything he needs to know about these dogs and is, in fact, deserving of being owned and loved by so special a breed. It is a long term commitment, and for the TT life-long. We create puppies for one purpose only, which is to continue this wonderful breed as it should be, and always strive to improve its quality. There are, as in all breeds, some genetic problems that can occur if breeding research is not done carefully and conscientiously. 

We furnish our puppy owners with detailed notes to provide more insight into the Tibetan Terrier, and to make them comfortable and confident as they undertake the care and training of a new puppy. 

Penny and Ron are always available for information and advice and even occasional puppy or dog-sitting!


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