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Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed Profile

Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel was prized in ancient Tibet and was often given as a gift to royal households. First bred in the Himalayan Mountains by the Buddhist monks the dog would sit on the high walls of the monastery and bark at the first sight of an intruder.

Other Names: Tibbies

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Origin: Tibet

Breed Purpose: Watchdog and companion.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Both - 51cm

Weight: Both - 4kg-7kg

Lifespan: 12-16 years

Exercise Needs: This is an active little dog that needs at least one walk a day and lots of play at home.

Feeding Needs: Care must be taken not to let this dog become overweight as this places too much stress on the joints. Feed a natural home prepared diet to keep the Tibetan Spaniel in tip top health.

Common Ailments: The Tibetan Spaniel is a sturdy little dog with few common health issues. Some may be prone to eye problems and respiratory problems due to the short muzzle. They are sensitive to heat so care must be taken in summer to prevent the dog from suffering heat stroke.

Physical Description: The Tibetan Spaniel is a well-balanced, agile little dog with a body that is slightly longer than the height at withers. The skull is slightly domed and the muzzle is of medium length with no wrinkles. The dark brown eyes are set well apart and are oval shaped. The medium sized ears are pendant and are covered with hair. The strong neck is covered with a mane or “shawl” of long hair as is the tail which is richly plumed and carried in a curl over the back when in motion. The top coat is silky with a dense undercoat. The coat is smooth on the face and the front of the legs and longer elsewhere. The coat colours are all colours, shaded or multi. The colours range from shades of gold, cream, fawn, red, white to black and tan. All in all, this perky little dog has the appearance of an active animal with a mischievous nature.

Tibetan Spaniel K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

This happy little dog is intelligent, loyal and trustworthy.

They are excellent family dogs as they are very people-orientated and love to be at the heart of family life. They are super watchdogs and will bark a warning at any sign of an intruder.

They can however be a little distrustful of strangers and visitors. They need firm and consistent reward-based training to overcome their rather stubborn and independent nature.

Tibetan Spaniels despise repetitive commands, harsh voices and rough handling. They need an owner that has a good understanding of the breed's requirements and can be sensitive to the animals needs.

This dog is no couch potato and moves surprisingly fast.

The Tibetan Spaniel is just as happy living in an apartment as it is in a large country house as long as it receives plenty of attention as it thrives on human companionship and loves to be at the heart of family life.

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