Tibetan spanielTibetan spaniel is an active, loving, alert and a small size breed. This breed is from the mountainous Tibet, this is breed is a companion and a watchdog. Tibetan spaniel is easy care, intelligent, and he keeps a watch to his family from high places.


Important Stats

Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs

Height: 10 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 9 to 25 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years


Tibetan Spaniel about Need to know

Tibetan spaniel is a small dog who resembles a small lion, a powerful Buddhist symbol. He still has the watchfulness instinct in him from centuries ago and is unfriendly with strangers. On the other hand, he is darling with his family. This breed is called as Tibbies as a nickname. This dog does not need much exercise but it is active enough to participate and enjoy dog sports like agility. Their small size makes them suitable for any type of home from the estate to the apartment. But they need lots of attention from their family.

Tibetan spaniel likes to cuddle with his family but when he is not cuddling, he likes to get to high places from where he can see everything. They will climb anything that will give them the best view of the house by doing so they are also called being catlike.

Like many small breeds, this dog prefers being approached by their own interest rather than having someone watching over them all time. It is an intelligent dog and it is not very difficult to train if the training is used by positive reinforcement techniques like play, praise or giving their favourite treat.

This breed is very sensitive to the needs and moods of their family. This alert and the loving breed are uncommon but he is excellent with the right people.

When it comes to obeying command Tibetan spaniel are stubborn although they are quick learners.

Tibetan spaniel is one of the low shedding dogs and they need weekly brushing so they can get rid of dead hair.

Tibetan spaniel is affectionate and protective toward children. Although he suits older children because of his small size, he may get injured during the rough play.

This breed does generally get along fine with other pets and dog. They are good with multiple dogs at home.

This small dog thrives when they are around their family. Tibetan spaniel is not suitable for homes that do not give much attention or the dog will be left alone for long periods.

Tibetan spaniel is an excellent watchdog. He will bark when he sees someone coming to the door or something unusual. When they are bored their favorite pastime is barking.

They do not require much exercise and moderate exercise will do fine. These dogs get quite happy with their free play in a fenced yard or a daily walk.

They will need a securely fenced yard. If going on a walk remember to put on a leash in case they try to run off on an adventure.

Tibetan spaniel is a rare breed and if you are interested in buying a puppy, it may take some time to find a good breeder. And if you do find one even then you may have to wait a while for the availabilities of puppies.

Affectionate and trusting toward family members, although they are not friendly towards strangers but are never aggressive. They will start barking when they see something strange to alert their family that’s why it is an excellent watchdog.

Tibetan spaniel needs early socialization. When they are young they exposure to different sights, sound and different people will help them to grow up into a well-rounded dog.


Tibetan Spaniel Health

Tibetan spaniel is generally healthy but they can get a certain condition like all other breeds. Not all of them will get some or all of this disease but if you are considering in buying this breed, you should be aware of the following cases.

Health clearance is not issued until the dog is more than 2 years old because some health problem does not appear before the age of 2 years. Following are the problem that is not common in this breed but occurs.

Eye disorder which causes blindness in the dog is caused by the slow process result of the photoreceptors at the back of the eyes. This eye problem is called Progressive Retinal Atrophy. PRA can be detected years before the dogs show any signs of blindness.

A common problem in small dogs is Patellar Luxation which is also known as “slipped stifles”. It is caused when the patella is not properly lined up. This condition causes lameness in the leg, a sort of like hop or skips in walking. This condition is present at birth although the actual occurs later.

Note: This health information is all about providing our visitors with a type of general knowledge. In order to be aware of any health issues or any diseases and conditions, do consult your veterinarian.


Tibetan Spaniel Care

  • Tibetan spaniel is a great companion and a good housedog. They love spending time with their family. It is not suitable for living outdoor because they may run off and they need to spend time with their family. Yards should be secured with fenced.
  • Tibbies really enjoys walking with their people. But it is recommended to put on a leash in case he tries to run off.
  • This breed is very intelligent and likes to please their family. He is easy to train than most other dogs because he wants to please you but on the other hand he is also stubborn and he may not obey you. He is an independent dog and he has a mind of his own and if he thinks he is right then he will not obey.
  • To train this dog it is recommended to train it in early stages and use positive reinforcement, consistency and if he does good reward him with praise or favorite
  • If you live in an apartment with noise restriction this is not the breed for because it barks a lot and when he see or hear something suspicious he will alarm the family by barking. The barking can minimize with patience and consistent training.
  • All dog need exercise or they become destructive and barkers. Tibetan spaniel does not require intense exercise. By using moderate exercise, a walk in the park or a good playtime in the yard is enough for him.


Tibetan Spaniel Feeding

Recommended daily amount: 3/4 to 1 cups of good quality dry food every day that is divided into two meals.

NOTE: How much a dog eats, it depends on his size, weight, age, activity level and metabolism.  A dog with less activity will burn fewer calories than a dog that has a lot of activities. To keep Tibetan spaniel in good shape it is necessary to divide his food into meals rather than leaving the food out all the time. Buy high-quality food that helps better nourishment and the better the quality you get the less you want to shake the dog bowl.


Tibetan Spaniel With Children and Other Pets

Tibetan spaniel is very loving and affectionate with children but also he is protective of children. They are suitable for young children because it is a small size dog. And young children may play roughly causing injury or make him defensive. Tibetan spaniel suits best with older children who know how to handle a small dog and know what they are doing. If there are young children at home always keep supervision in case the children try to pull his tail or ears.