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Tibetan Spaniel
Tibetan Spaniel

Country of Origin: Tibet

Group: Companion and Toy Dogs

Section: Tibetan breeds

Original Function: watchdog, companion

Todays Function: companion

Dimension Male: 22-25 cm

Dimension Female: 22-25 cm

Weight Male: 4-7 kg

Weight Female: 4-7 kg

Litter Size: 1-3 puppies

Life span: 12-15 years

Other Names: Tibbies

Colors: The tibetan spaniel comes in all colors and mixes of color, although the most common color is golden

Living: The tibetan spaniel is best suited as an indoor pet. the breed does not make a good kennel dog and b



This is a small dog that looks rather like a Pekingese, but with a slightly longer face, less profuse coat and no extra skin around the eyes. He is somewhat longer than tall. The dog should carry himself proudly. The top of the head is slightly rounded, and the medium-length muzzle is blunt and strong. The expressive oval eyes are dark brown and the nose should be black. A slight undershot bite is preferred by breeders. The Tibetan Spaniel has a plumed tail curled over his back, feathered pendent ears and soft, silky, medium-length, flat coat. The neck sports a mane of longer hair. The coat comes in many shades, gold, cream, fawn, red, white, black and black & tan. They may be solid, multi-colored or shaded. This breed should have hare-feet.


The Tibetan spaniel is independent, bold, and stubborn, but it is also sensitive and biddable. It has a happy attitude, enjoying games and outings with its family. It also enjoys snoozes next to its special person. It is an exceptionally enjoyable and fastidious housedog. It is amiable with other dogs and animals, but reserved with strangers.


The tibbie"s exercise needs are minimal, but daily. Its needs can be met by games inside the house or yard, or with a short walk on leash. This breed is suited for apartment life and should not live outside. Its coat needs brushing and combing twice weekly.


Once a year their coat comes out in clumps. Regular brushing is needed. This breed is an average shedder.


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: patellar luxation

Occasionally seen: PRA

Suggested tests: knee, eye