How Much Does a Tibetan Terrier Cost? Puppy Price & Expenses

A male long-haired Tibetan Terrier standing on the snow

I have had my Tibetan Terrier for a couple of years now and I must tell you, while it has been some of the best years of my life, it didn’t come for cheaps.

From the money it took to buy it, care and maintenance expenses and other miscellaneous expenses, you have to be ready to let go of some of your hard-earned dollars to acquire and provide the best care for your Tibetan Terrier.

You ask, how much does a Tibetan Terrier cost? On average, you can easily get a Tibetan Terrier puppy between the prices of $500 and $2500. The price depends on the acquisition source as adopting one will cost you closer to $500, and buying one from a reputable breeder will cost you around $1000 to $2500 depending on the quality of the puppy and where you live.

Unless you pick up a stray Tibetan Terrier pup somewhere without a name tag or something, you can’t get one for free.

And even if you do get one for free, there’ll still be a lot of costs you’ll need to take care of along the way in months and years.

So I’m super glad you’re reading this article right now so you can know exactly what you’re in for in the short and long term.

And more importantly, so that you’re not taken by surprise and you can plan your budget ahead.

The Average Cost of a Tibetan Terrier Puppy

I remember how excited I was when I was about getting my Tibetan Terrier pup and I had to do a lot of research.

I understand the same must be true for you and you surely are curious how much of a toll getting one would take on your purse.

The good news is that if you’re worried about the price being too much, there are ways to get one at a friendly price. The bad news is that you might not be satisfied with the quality of the dog. 

You can get Tibetan Terrier pups for prices ranging from $300 to $2500, where the lowest price can only be gotten when you choose to adopt. While purchasing from a reputable breeder in the United States averages between $1000 and $2500

Several factors may affect the price of a Tibetan Terrier Puppy. So if you find you’re being charged a large amount to purchase one, it might be as a result of one of these:

  • Breeder Reputation – Some breeders have, over the course of years, proven to be really good at producing healthy and strong puppies. And because of this, they have gained trust from existing customers and potential ones too. So if you decide to get your pup from a breeder that has a very good reputation, be sure you’ll be paying more for your dog.
  • Disease Testing – Tibetan Terriers are prone to certain diseases like the Patellar Luxation, Hypothyroidism, Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia, etc. If you want to purchase a dog that has already undergone tests for these diseases, it’ll surely increase the price of the puppy. 
  • Vaccines – Most breeders only put up Tibetan Terrier pups for sales after they’ve been given their first round of vaccines. This cost them money to do, hence it’ll cost you more to buy the puppy from them.
  • Kennel Club Papers – Sometimes, puppies are certified as purebreds by accredited kennel clubs. This is not very easy or cheap to get done and if the puppy you choose to purchase has been certified, it’ll cost you more to buy. However, if the parents alone are certified, it won’t cost as much. And it neither parents nor puppy has a certification, it’ll tell on the price of the pup as it will be sort of cheaper.

Most Tibetan Terrier puppies gotten from reputable breeders will come with kennel club certification, would have completed disease tests, and be current on required vaccines.

Types of Breeders and Their Prices

You have different options to choose from when it comes to getting a Tibetan Terrier pup. Yes, they are all well known, but not all of them are good options.

Depending on how much you have to spend, one of these will possibly work for you. But I’d advise you to go for the best option listed below.

Commercial Dog Breeders (Puppy Mills)

Commercial dog breeders or puppy mills usually produce or breed dogs on an intensive, careless schedule. Their puppies are usually kept in inhuman conditions, lacking human interactions, and receiving little health care. I won’t advise you to buy any dog from puppy mills.

The average price of a Tibetan Terrier from a puppy mill: $300 – $500

Backyard Breeders

These are breeders who have little or no experience or knowledge about dog breeding. Mostly they’re just people whose dogs have babies and they’re looking to sell them off to make some extra cash. Like the puppy mills, they sell for low prices too but not as cheap as the mills.

Backyard breeders are not necessarily qualified to breed puppies and buying a dog from them might not be the best idea.

The average price of a Tibetan Terrier from backyard breeders: $400 – $800

Professional or Reputable Tibetan Terrier Breeders

These are by far the best breeders you could possibly get your Tibetan Terrier pup from. They are called reputable breeders because they are trusted to know exactly how to handle dogs and what they need.

Since their business is centered around the dog industry, they know how to breed the best dogs.

They keep records of every single dog they own and would most likely give a light interview when you want to buy from them to make sure their dog is going to a good home. 

They usually have their TTs tested for every type of disease that could plague them and if the puppies are purebreds, they will come with certification papers from the kennel club.

The average price of a Tibetan Terrier from professional or reputable Breeders: $1000 – 2500

Adoption Agencies

Well, I guess I should mention that I adopted my Tibetan Terrier. It wasn’t the worst choice, but it wasn’t the best either. Surely, adopting a pet is not just on the cheap side, it is a compassionate thing to do.

There are lots of dogs out there in need of a home who are up for adoption and you could rescue one. My sincere suggestion is that if you are not buying from a reputable breeder, adopting should be your go-to.

The average price of a Tibetan Terrier from adoption agencies: $250 – $350

Initial Cost of Tibetan Terrier Ownership

After purchasing or adopting your Tibetan Terrier pup, the spending doesn’t come to an abrupt end. In fact, there’s a list of dog necessities you’ll need once you’ve gotten your pup.

In my opinion, all of them are significant so you should consider adding them to your budget. It is never a bad idea to get yourself aware and prepared for these expenses.

To make things easier for you, I have compiled my list of things I came to need after I got my Tibetan Terrier pup and to give you an idea of how much it will cost you to provide these necessities for your pup. 

My initial costs when I first getting my Tibetian Terrier home:

NecessitiesCosts
First Bag of Puppy Food$85
Dog Treats$25
Dog Crate$65
Dog Toys$60
Dog Bed$30
Bowls, Leash, and Other Gear$60
Carper Cleaner, Waste Bag$45
Initial Vaccines$115
Initial Veterinarian Consultation$55
Deworming, Flea, and Tick Meds$60
Dog License$20
Total$620

Like we’ve discussed before, if you get your dog from a reputable breeder, there’s a high chance they have taken care of a few things on the above list, like vaccine shots and deworming, flea and tick meds.

It might also interest you to know that you can easily sign up your dog for dog insurance which will help cover a lot of the medical costs.

Now, I don’t have dog insurance myself but I know a few great providers you can get one and here are some of them:

Of course, there are a lot more options you can consider but these are good places to start. Getting dog insurance will cover almost all the initial costs on our list, so you might consider signing up for one.

My First Year Expenses Owning a Tibetan Terrier Puppy

Sometimes in our lives, we incur expenses we never expected or saw coming. The same applied to me when I first got my Tibetan Terrier pup.

In truth, that is one major reason I decided to publish this post, to help dog lovers like myself plan, as much as possible towards the foreseeable future.

In the first year of ownership, you’re definitely going to be spending more than the later years. Like you know, a good foundation matters.

So if you can attend to the initial expenses in the first year, you’ll be making your path clearer in the years to come.

Now, your first-year expenses will vary depending on where and how you get your dog. If you get your dog from a backyard breeder, chances are that you will be spending a whole lot on your first year.

I adopted my puppy so I had to handle more expenses than I would if I had gotten her from a reputable breeder.

Take a look at the expenses I incurred in my first year of getting my Tibetan Terrier:

ExpensesCosts
Purebred Tibetan Terrier$300
Food$895
Treats$157
Toys$190
Vaccines$435
Flea and Tick Meds$205
Deworming$116
Veterinary Expenses$231
Dog License$20
Other Equipment$422
Total$2,971

Now, I don’t know how much I could have saved if I had dog insurance. Maybe a lot, maybe a little. If you want to sign up for a plan, that’s okay as long as it is what works for you.

For some, the total cost might be a turnoff, I get that. But you have to understand that you won’t be letting go of that much money at a go, so it won’t affect you as much.

You just have to figure out a method that works for you and stick with it. If you can afford to get all your dog food for the whole year at once, then by all means, go for it.

But if you live on your monthly checks, you can get the food in smaller quantities. The same applies to some of the other items on the list.

I adopted my Tibetan Terrier pup, and because the adoption agency does not offer much in terms of extensive medical care, I had to take care of all the medical needs, including the cost of the initial vaccines, deworming, and the rest. At least, that would have made some difference, I guess.

In the table, I included cost for “other equipment” which was sort of vague. The things included in that tag are dog waste bags, carpet cleaner, puppy pee pads, doggie door, a leash, bowls, doggie bed, etc.

They are the things you’d need in the first year of your Tibetan Terrier pup ownership and the prices you see above are rounded up to the nearest dollar. I know for a fact, if the prices of these vary for you, it won’t be far off from what I have put together.

Monthly Cost of Owning an Adult Tibetan Terrier

After the first year of owning your Tibetan Terrier pup, it gets easier and less expensive. Like I said, your first year is sort of your period of trial.

You have to lay the right foundations (so to say) and if you clear the necessary cost you need to, the rest of the years is just smooth sailing.

And at that point, you can rest easy unless your Tibetan Terrier has some sort of illnesses.

My Tibetan Terrier is three years and seven months old when I adopted her, and she has really been my precious little girl. She’s healthy, agile, and a great buddy.

I would spend the world on her if need be (Okay, a little exaggeration doesn’t hurt). But over the years, I’ve gotten a rough idea of how much it’ll cost to care for an adult Tibetan Terrier.

My average monthly expenses after first year of Tibetian Terrier ownership:

NecessitiesCost
Food$85
Treats$25
Health Insurance$0
Toys$12
Medications$32
Miscellaneous Supplies$15
Total$169

Ordinarily, I don’t purchase toys for my Tibetan Terrier every single month, so that should be taken into account. And as you can see, the slot for health insurance reads $0 because I don’t have one. So the above is roughly what I spend on my dog every month. 

While this cost might be considered friendly, it is advisable you set aside some funds in case of emergencies.

There are accidents that might happen that you couldn’t have seen coming and your dog might need immediate medical attention (one that might be covered by insurance if you choose to get one).

When such happens, you’re going to want to have some cash available to clear such unforeseen expenses.

Other Potential Expenses

Sometimes, there are expenses that may rise up depending on your situation and while they might not apply to every person, they might just be things you have to pay for.

  • Training Classes Personally, I would recommend you train your dog yourself because it’s a great way to bond with your dog. But I understand that not everyone can do that so you may have to register your dog in a class or hire a personal trainer. I trained my dog myself, but a group class could cost anywhere between $60 – $75 and a personal trainer between $120 – $200 per hour.
  • Pet Walking Services or Day Care Sometimes you might need to leave your dog for some time and you’d need help to have her taken care of in your absence. A daycare service would cost you between $15 – $50 per day. A pet walking service could be cheaper if you have some kid in the neighborhood looking to make an extra buck.
  • Insurance Depending on what coverage you’re looking for, you might be paying between $30 – $120 per month for your dog insurance.
  • Shipping You only have to worry about this if you’re getting your Tibetan Terrier pup from a far location that’d require you to have it shipped. You could be paying between $200 – $800 depending on how far the dog has to be shipped from.

My Final Thoughts

With everything, wisdom has to be applied. Like I said somewhere in the article, if you find the costs staggering, you can work out a method that’d require you to spend at intervals and not all at once.

I assure you that you’ll enjoy every single minute with your Tibetan Terrier pup when you buy one (or adopt, whatever works for you) and in the long run, the cost of owning one will be well worth it.

John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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