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Tibetan Spaniel

Tibet-Spaniel

An Affectionate Family Dog

Bold, Independent, Sensitive

Tibetan Spaniels are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Tibetan Spaniels, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. 

Some behaviors make the Tibetan Spaniels and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:10" Weight:9-15 lbs Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Tibetan Spaniels are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. 

Dental: Tibetan Spaniels often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Tibetan Spaniels are outgoing and friendly dogs, but can also be assertive and independent. With proper socialization and a confident leader, they are a calm, trusting, and devoted family companion.

Positive Traits:

• Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

• Energetic and playful

• Good with children and other pets

• Small and travels well

• Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

• Intelligent and reliable

Negative Traits:

• Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

• Needs daily exercise

• Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training

• Needs frequent attention from her family

• Standoffish toward strangers

• Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly




Whether you are considering adding a new Tibetan Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tibetan Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tibetan Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues a Tibetan Spaniel could encounter:

Liver Problems

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Eyelid Abnormality

Cherry Eye

Heart Disease

The Tibetan Spaniel originated in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet as early as 1100 BC. They were bred to serve as watchdogs and companions in the Buddhist Monasteries. 

Tibetan Spaniels were highly prized and were often given as gifts. They were popular in Tibet until the late 1800’s, when they were first introduced into England. The Tibetan Spaniel loves to be lookout from high places – a remnant of their heritage as monastery wall sentinels. Tibetan Spaniels are cheerful and charming when given the attention they demand.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Tibetan Spaniel shows signs of the following:

• Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

• Cloudiness to eye lens

• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

• Red blob at the corner of the eye

• Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

• General reluctance to run or play

• Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

• Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tumors

• Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

• Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

• Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

• Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

  • Care

    Routine Care: Tibetan Spaniels are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. 

    Dental: Tibetan Spaniels often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Tibetan Spaniels are outgoing and friendly dogs, but can also be assertive and independent. With proper socialization and a confident leader, they are a calm, trusting, and devoted family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Energetic and playful

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Small and travels well

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Intelligent and reliable

    Negative Traits:

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Does not tolerate harsh reprimands or negative-reinforcement training

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

    • Standoffish toward strangers

    • Can be aggressive, fearful, or snappy if not socialized properly




  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Tibetan Spaniel to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Tibetan Spaniel will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Tibetan Spaniel you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues a Tibetan Spaniel could encounter:

    Liver Problems

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Eyelid Abnormality

    Cherry Eye

    Heart Disease

  • History

    The Tibetan Spaniel originated in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet as early as 1100 BC. They were bred to serve as watchdogs and companions in the Buddhist Monasteries. 

    Tibetan Spaniels were highly prized and were often given as gifts. They were popular in Tibet until the late 1800’s, when they were first introduced into England. The Tibetan Spaniel loves to be lookout from high places – a remnant of their heritage as monastery wall sentinels. Tibetan Spaniels are cheerful and charming when given the attention they demand.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Tibetan Spaniel shows signs of the following:

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Red blob at the corner of the eye

    • Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tumors

    • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    • Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise

    • Soft, non-painful bulge near the belly button

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To view the sources for the information listed on this page, see our Dog Breed Guide Reference page.

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