Irish Terrier vs Tibetan Terrier

Compare the Irish Terrier to the Tibetan Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Irish Terriers and Tibetan Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Tibetan Terrier and the Irish Terrier are good for new owners, but the Tibetan Terrier is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both the Irish Terrier and Tibetan Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Irish Terrier requires moderate grooming, but the Tibetan Terrier has high grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Irish Terrier bark/howls frequently. The Tibetan Terrier has an average level of barking.
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Irish Terrier vs Tibetan Terrier
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Breed NameIrish TerrierTibetan Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicMaybeYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.14-16 in.
Weight21-27 lb20-24 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryIrelandTibet
Origin Year1875 AD10 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyPoorVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorNoYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium-High
Top Running Speed22 mph18 mph
StrengthHighMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumHigh
SheddingNone-LowVery High
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNone-LowLow

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierTibetan Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingHighAverage
ChasingHighAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighAverage
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierTibetan Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
DistichiasisNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HyperthyroidismNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameIrish TerrierTibetan Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Wire CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
SilkyNoYes
WavyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
RedYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesNo
BlackNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BrownNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
GrayNoYes
Tri-colorNoYes
WhiteNoYes