One of the wonderful things about Tibetan Terriers is how versatile they are. While most of their time is spent as a family companion cuddling, playing with toys, going for walks or having a good chase around the yard, they also truly enjoy participating in many official dog sports.

Yes it is true some TTs are easier to train than others, and not every dog will be interested in every sport. The great thing is there are plenty to choose from! Want to show off how beautiful your dog is? Conformation shows are the answer. Obedience, Rally obedience and trick dog are the perfect venue to demonstrate how well your dog can perform various commands. Does your dog love to run and chase things? There's Chaseability and Sprinter for that! Scentwork and Barn Hunt have your dog using their nose. This also involves learning to read the sometimes subtle signals your dog is giving you when it finds what we are looking for. These are all activities we currently do or have done in the past with our dogs. 




Conformation shows are often simply referred to as dog shows. Each breed has what is called a breed standard that defines what the perfect example of that breed should look and move like. Judges examine each dog both standing and moving and then select their winners based on their understanding and interpretation of the standard.


Breeds are divided into groups defined by the Canadian Kennel Club. There are seven groups: Sporting, Hounds, Working, Terriers, Toys, Non-Sporting and Herding. Tibetan Terriers are in the Non-Sporting group.


Judging process

Judging begins at the breed level where there are a number of different classes. Males and females are judged separately. The winner of each class competes for “Winners Male” and “Winners Female”. These winners then come back into the ring with dogs in the champion (Specials) class to compete for Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select and Best of Winners.


The best of breed winners then complete against the other breeds in their group. The judge select placements from First through Fourth. The winners of each group then compete for the top honour of Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.



Be individually registered with the Canadian Kennel Club

Be 6 months of age or older (there is also an unofficial baby puppy class for puppies age 4-6 months)

Must be intact although some shows do have classes for altered dogs.

Tibetan Terriers are shown naturally so must not be trimmed or clipped.



In Canada there are a number of titles that can be earned starting with Champion. To become a champion a dog must earn a total 10 points including a 2-point win. These points must be awarded by at least three different judges. The number of points earned is based on how many dogs were competing. Championship points can be earned at either the breed level or the group level. A dog can earn a maximum of five points per show.


The next title is Grand Champion where a dog must compete in the Specials class. They must earn at total of 20 points including two 2-point wins. In July 2021 the Canadian Kennel Club launched the Grand Champion Bronze (50 points), Grand Champion Silver (100 points) and Grand Champion Gold (200 points) titles. They also modified the previous Grand Champion Excellent title. Dogs that were already accumulating wins towards their Grand Champion Excellent title have until July 2022 to earn the title based on the old criteria.


Grand Champion Excellent requires a dog to first earn the Grand Champion title. They then need 100 points based on the schedule below, Best in Show or Best in National Specialty Show (where at least 10 dogs competed), three Group Firsts, plus a qualifying performance title. 


Best of Breed (with minimum 5 dogs competing at breed level) 1 point

Best In Show or Best in National Specialty 10 points

1st in Group 5 points

2nd in Group 4 points

3rd in Group 3 points

4th in Group 2 points

Rally Obedience


Rally Obedience is often referred to as just Rally. It is a more casual form of obedience that is fun for both dogs and handlers. The judge will prepare a course that contains between 10-20 skill-testing stations. Each station on the course has a sign that indicates what exercise must be performed. The exercises become more difficult as you progress through the levels. All exercises for Rally Novice and Rally Intermediate are performed with the dog on leash. All other levels are off leash. Handlers may talk to their dogs throughout the course.


Judging process

Prior to each class there is a walk-through where handlers get an advance look at the course without their dogs. Then each dog and handler team in the class will complete the course individually at their own pace. Rally is not scored with the same level of precision as obedience however judges will make deductions based on any faults they observe.



Be individually registered with the Canadian Kennel Club

Be 6 months of age or older

Spayed or neutered dogs may compete



In Canada there are a number of titles that can be earned starting with Rally Novice. In order to qualify a dog and handler must earn a minimum of 70 points on each course for Rally Novice (RN), Rally Intermediate (RI), Rally Advanced (RA) and Rally Excellent (RE) title. The Rally Master (RM) title requires a minimum of 85 points on a course. Three qualifying scores must be earned for each title.


There are also additional titles that require qualifying scores in multiple classes at the same trial. These are Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE), Rally Master Excellent (RMX), Rally Champion (RCH) and Rally Grand Champion (RGCH)




Sprinter is a fun activity for dogs who love to run and chase. The test is a 100-meter dash along a flat track. For safety reasons dogs are inspected when they arrive to ensure they are not lame or unfit to participate.


Judging process

As this is a timed event, there is no actual judging involved. Dogs run alone on the track chasing a lure which is usually a plastic bag attached to a lure machine. They must run the entire distance and cross the finish line in under 60 seconds to earn a qualifying run.



Be individually registered with the Canadian Kennel Club

Be 12 months of age or older

Spayed or neutered dogs may compete



Titles are earned by accumulating points. The time it takes for a dog to cross the finish finish line is converted to kilometers per hour. This is then multiplied by a handicap based on their height to calculate their points earned. Titles earned go at the end of a dog’s registered name.



Novice Sprinter (NS) = 150 points

Sprinter (S) = 500 points

Advanced Sprinter (AS) = 1,000 points

Sprinter Excellent (SX) = 1,500 points


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