Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Despite the name Spaniel, which suggests a hunting dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is a cat-like little cutie related to other eastern lapdogs like the Pekingese and the Pug. Its history in Tibet may date back 2,500 years, and it was definitely considered a gift worthy of being given to visiting dignitaries or neighboring royal families. As happy in an apartment as in a mansion, this relaxed breed may climb and sit in a window to watch the world go by -- very much like a cat. However, they may lack some of the cat's independence, because they dislike being left alone all day. This breed could be a good choice for the retiree who knows how to train their pet with positive rewards.
Appearance / health:
The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog that resembles a Pekingese, but has a slightly longer muzzle, and a less abundant coat with no extra skin around the eyes. It has a longish body structure and carries itself proudly with a regal bearing. The top of the head is slightly rounded. The muzzle is compact and of medium length. The oval eyes are expressive and dark brown in color. The nose is black. It has firm shoulders and strong hind legs. The plumed tail is curled over the back.
Tibetan Spaniels may require regular brushing to avoid their coats from matting. Extra care may especially be required when they are shedding. Hair between the pads of the feet may require trimming. In addition, the eyes, ears, and teeth may need to be cleaned regularly.
The Tibetan Spaniel loses its coat in clumps, once in a year.
The Tibetan Spaniel requires a moderate amount of exercise. This may include brisk walks and some times spent running off the leash.
Tibetan Spaniels are generally healthy, thought they could suffer from overheating or respiratory problems due to their shorter muzzles. They can sometimes be allergic to inhaling grass seeds in spring and summer. Cases of progressive retinal atrophy, juvenile kidney disease, patellar luxation (a condition in which the knee cap slips out of its groove) hip dysplasia (a crippling condition caused by malformation of the hip joints), and liver shunt (a condition involving reduced blood flow to the liver resulting in poor health), have been recorded in this breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Tibetan Spaniels love human company and generally respond well to people. They love and demand attention though they can also be quite stubborn. They are known to make good watchdogs but make poor guard dogs. In other words, they can bark to announce the presence of an intruder, but the intruder in question is unlikely to be much intimidated.
Tibetan Spaniels are intelligent dogs with the ability to learn quickly. However, they can have a mind of their own. They respond to patient and consistent training approaches.
affection, true companions, cuddly addition, great family dogs, apartment life
barking, groomer, long fur, discipline, independent nature
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A shepherd's dream
Mia was brought to me alongside with Bambina, a poodle. It was actually a gift to my mother because our previous dog died of cancer. She's an excellent guardian in the house, and is always alert of strangers that are roaming near the house. Usually barks a lot, and incite the other dogs in the house to do it every single time someone walks around.
One of the things she loves is being taken to open spaces, a hill or open field. When she goes to farms she helps the shepherds on their job, and she does a really good work at it. Her mother was also a shepherd dog on the farm where she lived and she learned really well to do that job.
When she's hungry she raises one of her paws after a bark to alert anyone near her to give her food. Also, when she wants to bat she goes to the back of the house and starts scratching the floor. She knows how to communicate those needs and jow to draw atention to her.
She had to be sterilized after her third delivery, and since then she has a herniation on her abdomen. But that hasn't stopped her to be an active dog. She loves to play with everyone an being nurtured. For all of that, I can say that Mia is a shepherd's dream..
From GabFlo Sep 10 2015 10:13PM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 161 days ago
It is very important to socialize puppies by exposing or introducing them to members of the family and friends, other pets, from even other species, different environments, noises, etc., so he will not be fearful of people in general, other dogs, and everyday sounds, objects, and enclosures. Sharing with other pets and people will teach your dog how to behave. Dog parks tend to be safe places to socialize. Just make sure your dog has the vaccination program up-to-date, is periodically dewormed, and checked by the vet at least once a year. .
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