Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- 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. Tibbies are related to the Pekingese and Japanese Chin Dogs. Tibetan Spaniels are small dogs who are longer than they are tall. Their muzzle is wrinkle free, unlike some of the breeds it is related to. The ears are small and medium size and hang down.
- Other Names:Tibbies
- Country Of Origin:Tibet
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Utility
- All solid colors and mixtures are permissible.
- Tibbies, as they are sometimes called, are very eager to please and chipper. They are a breed who love comfort and companionship and display a charming, good nature. Tibetan Spaniels live to play and are heartier than their size may suggest. They can be wary with strangers, though, and will bark until they are noticed. They are good with almost everyone, however, and get along with dogs and other pets as well. Perfect for children, this breed has been described as catlike. They thrive on human companionship, are extremely sensitive, and will respond to their owner's moods, emotions, and feelings. Tibbies 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.
- Quick-moving, straight, free, positive.
- Care and training:
- The coat is fairly easy to take care of. A regular brushing should suffice. They are a completely natural breed and require no plucking, stripping or clipping. Trim the hair between the pads of the feet, trim the nails, clean the ears and teeth. Bathe only when necessary.
The Tibetan Spaniel is independent and intelligent, but may also be stubborn. Tibbies have a tendency to think that they know more than their owner. They typically do not do well in obedience or other organized training activities. They are easily bored with repetition. This breed is very eager to please and will do anything for attention. There may be some difficulty in housebreaking them and the crate method is recommended.
- Overall Exercise:
- 20 - 40 minutes per day.
This breed does not need a lot of exercise, running round the house or garden will keep them fit and healthy. However, they are ‘escape artists’ and the garden must be safe and secure. They are keen to play and participate in more exercise if given the opportunity.
- Feeding Requirements:
- A Tibbie costs around £4.00 per week to feed.
- Personal Protection:Low
- Suitability As Guard Dog:Low
- Level of Aggression:Low
- Compatibility With Other Animals:High
- Suitability for Children:High
- Often Docked?No
- Average Litter Size:2-4
- Life Expectancy (yrs):15-16
- Health issues:
- PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), cataracts, juvenile kidney disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, and liver shunts.
- The Tibetan Spaniel is thought to have been around even before Tibet was established in the 7th century, making their past quite obscure. It is not known where this little dog came from, but there are theories that the Tibetan Spaniel was given to a royal in Tibet from a royal in China. These countries often exchanged dogs, trying to breed these little dogs, as well as Pekingese, Foo Dog and others in the likeness of a small lion. Lions were highly regarded in the Buddhist culture, and therefore the ancestors of this breed were very popular among royalty and dalai lamas. Tibetan Spaniels were bred by Buddhist monks for whom they served as companions, watchdogs and prized possessions. Some believe the Tibetan Spaniel was crossed with a Pug to create the Pekingese, and yet there are theories of the opposite happening. The Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Foo Dog, and Tibetan Spaniel are all of the same lineage, but who came first is still a mystery.