The Tibetan Spaniel is a small, alert breed with a long history as a companion animal. They are good watchdogs and family pets that require average grooming time.
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Finding a Tibetan Spaniel
- Coat: Medium-length, smooth hair on body; feathering on forelegs and ears; tail and buttocks have plumage
- Oval-shaped, dark brown eyes
- Black nose
- Fleecy ears that lay forward and flat
- Come in a variety of colors
- Height: 10 inches
- Weight: 9-15 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-15 years
- Kind, joyful, smart, devoted, independent, sometimes stubborn
- Interaction with people: Good family dog; good with small children
- Interaction with animals: Good with other dogs and animals
- Training: May be difficult to train
- Bark: Only vocal around strangers
- Protection: Good watchdog; protective of its human family
- Hip dysplasia
- Liver shunt
- Ophthalmic disorder (including cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy)
- Patellar luxation
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- OK for apartments
- Needs daily walks
- Average shedder
- Needs regular brushing
- Coat sheds regularly
- Seen in Easter art dating back to 1100 B.C. and on carved jade dating back to 1644 A.D.
- In spite of the name, this breed is not a spaniel
- Brought to the U.S. in 1965
- Originated in Tibet
- Were companions in Monasteries
- Historically nicknamed "little lions" and given as gifts to the nobility of the Buddhist countries
- They would sit on top of monastery walls and keep watch below using their sharp eyesight and siren-like bark
- First documented breeding took place in 1965 in the U.S.