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The Tibetan Spaniel is a small companion
dog with a silky mane draping around its
neck and a plumed tail which curls over
the back. This breed is low set, well balanced
and slightly longer than tall. The l Spaniel
is native to Tibet and lived in monasteries
where they were most often placed up high
on a wall or window to keep careful watch
over the countryside. They are excellent
watch dogs, very alert and have exceptionally
sharp vision giving them the ability to
see far distances. If anything was out of
the ordinary, the Tibetan Spaniel would
bark to warn his master - just as they do
Tibetan Spaniels were held in high regard
and often given as prestigious gifts to
royalty of China and surrounding Buddhist
countries. Because other small lion type
dogs were given back to the monasteries
in appreciation, it is believed the Tibetan
Spaniel's ancestors include the Pekingese
and Japanese Chin among other Asian breeds.
There are depictions of Tibetan Spaniel
type dogs found in Eastern artwork which
date back to 1100 BC.
The first Tibetan Spaniels arrived in the
United States in 1966 and the American Kennel
Club recognized the breed in the Non-Sporting
Group in 1983. Today the Tibetan Spaniel
is most often used as a companion and family
When measured at the shoulder, the ideal
height of a Tibetan Spaniel is 10 inches
tall (25 cm).
The ideal weight range of a Tibetan Spaniel
is between 9 - 15 pounds (4 - 7 kg).
Type: The Tibetan Spaniel
has a silky double coat that is medium in
length and lies flat. The undercoat is dense
and fine. The Tibetan Spaniel is an average
shedder and the coat should be regularly
The Tibetan Spaniel's coat
can be of any color. The AKC Breed Standard
allows white markings on the feet.
The Tibetan Spaniel is happy, friendly,
very intelligent and keenly alert. This
breed thrives on human companionship and
makes a wonderful family pet. Tibetan Spaniels
make excellent watch dogs as they do not
bark unnecessarily, but will when something
is out of the norm. To avoid any behavior
issues, the Tibetan Spaniel must have a
dominant master and proper training. This
breed can be independent and is aloof with
strangers. The Tibetan Spaniel should receive
moderate exercise such as daily walk.
Concerns: The Tibetan Spaniel
is prone to Progressive retinal atrophy
(PRA), allergies and 'cherry eye' which
is a prolapsed third eyelid. The Tibetan
Spaniel is a very long lived breed with
an average life expectancy of 12 - 15 years.
• Tibetan Spaniels are nicknamed 'Tibbies'
and were also referred to as 'Little Lions'.
• Tibetan Spaniels love to sit up
on high places.
AKC: Non-Sporting Group
ANKC: Toys Group 1
CKC: Non-Sporting Group 6
FCI: Group 9 Section 5 Tibetan breeds