Tibetan Spaniel

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Is the Tibetan Spaniel right for you?

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The basics:
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


incredible traveler, Burglar Alarm Tibetan

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