Small but active and alert, the Tibetan Spaniel served as a companion and watchdog in none other than their namesake – Tibet. They’re known for their intelligence, easy-care coat, and their desire to keep watch over their family from high perches.
A small-medium Dog with lion-like appearance.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Weekly brushing will keep your Tibetan Spaniel's coat free of loose hair. Expect them to shed small amounts year-round.
- Coat Type: Silky double coat that's smooth on the face and the front of the legs and moderately long on the rest of the body. The ears, tail, and backs of the forelegs and buttocks have longer hair, and a mane of long hair (sometimes referred to as a shawl) surrounds the neck. The Tibbie's coat can be any color or mixture of colors.
- Moulting: Moderate ammount of shedding.
- Exercise Needs: Tibbies, as they're nicknamed, are active enough to enjoy dog sports such as agility, but not so demanding of exercise that they'll run you ragged.
- Average Life Span: 12 to 15 years
- Family: Very affectionate with all family members. They're better suited for homes with older children though because they can be injured during rough play.
- Temperament: They adore their immediate family but are wary of strangers, which makes them excellent little watchdogs.
- Trainability: Intelligent and willing to please, Tibetan Spaniels can be easy to train, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll always listen to you. They have a mind of their own and will ignore commands if they don't feel like obeying.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Tibetan Spaniels usually get along well with other dogs and cats. Most enjoy having another dog as a companion.
- Barking: Barking can become a favorite pastime of Tibetan Spaniels if they're bored. They'll also bark when people come to the door or when they hear something suspicious.
Vigilant watchdog and family lover.
Tibbies are housedogs. They thrive on spending time with their people, and they’re not suited to living outdoors or in a kennel. Because they may run off to explore, yards must be fenced and they should be walked on leash.