Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Tibbie
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Occasional walking
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older kids
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:9-15 lbs
  • Height:10 inches
  • Coat Colour:All colours and mixtures, white allowed on feet

Tibetan Spaniel Coat

The Tibetan Spaniel is a double coat breed. The outer coat is of medium length and is silky, soft, and flat. The under coat is dense and soft in texture and provides warmth as well as protection from the sun. They have feathering on the tail, ears, and backs of legs. There is a longer mane of hair at the neck. The coat comes in a wide variety of colors such as cream, fawn, white, red, gold, black, and black and tan. This breed is an average shedder that sheds their undercoat twice a year.

Tibetan Spaniel Character

Commonly referred to as the "Tibbie", this breed is relatively rare and primitive. The Tibetan Spaniel is active, small, and alert. They are appropriately and affectionately called "little lion" due to being tender and also tough. This Oriental breed exudes an exotic charm and makes a lovely companion.

Tibetan Spaniel Temperament

The Tibetan Spaniel is a highly intelligent breed and is deeply devoted to their family and friends. They thrive on human companionship, are extremely sensitive, and will respond to their owner's moods, emotions, and feelings. They do best with older, considerate, well-behaved children. This breed is generally aloof with strangers but is never aggressive. They get along very well with other pets. The Tibetan Spaniel will vigorously alert their family to any unusual event, sound, or to visitors. They are excellent watchdogs that are neither nervous nor hyper. This breed is not only a lap dog but also likes to sleep in bed with their owners. The Tibetan Spaniel likes to be up high so they are able to survey their surroundings.

Tibetan Spaniel Care

Tibetan Spaniels require brushing once a week. It is important to pay careful attention to the hair behind the ears as it knots quite easily. When bathing the Tibetan Spaniel a mild shampoo is recommended. They must be rinsed thoroughly of all residues to prevent dry skin that may lead to itching and scratching.

Tibetan Spaniel Activity

Tibetan Spaniels need daily walks and runs. They love to play outdoors and are at their best when properly exercised. It is important that they are always securely leashed and fenced. They will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised. If they are left alone for extended periods of time they will become bored and possibly destructive.

Tibetan Spaniel Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Tibetan Spaniel is around 12-18 years, so this is a fairly long lived breed. There are a number of health problems to look out for with these dogs, and this includes liver problems, Legg-Perthes, luxating patella, PRA, and allergies. Parents of the Tibetan Spaniel puppy should have OFA certificates. They are prone to a myriad of health issues such as PRA, weeping eye, cherry eye, allergies, low tolerance to anaesthesia, and hip and elbow dysplasia.