Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel History/Evolution:

Originating in Tibet in ancient times, Tibetan Spaniels were prized as pets and companions in Tibetan monasteries. Like the other two Tibetan breeds — the Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Terrier — the Tibbies were highly valued. The lionlike dogs were excellent watchdogs and would sit on monastery walls and bark when strangers or wolves approached. Tibbies are popular primarily in Tibet but are found in conformation, obedience, and agility rings in the U.S.

Tibetan Spaniel Size:

Small; 10 inches, 9 to 15 pounds.

Tibetan Spaniel Color:


Tibetan Spaniel Temperament:

Outgoing, friendly, intelligent. Aloof with strangers, alert; excellent alarm system. Good; considerate with children and other dogs.

Tibetan Spaniel Energy level:

Medium to high.

Tibetan Spaniel Best owner:

Retiree with time for socializing.

Tibetan Spaniel Needs:

Daily exercise (minimal), leash, twiceweekly combing and brushing (more during seasonal shed).

Tibetan Spaniel Life expectancy:

15 to 18 years