Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed

Tibetan Spaniel Dog Breed

Tibetan Spaniels have been said to come from Tibet but more than likely they originated somewhere around China. They have been found in the area around Tibet and Korea as far back as the 8th century. It is said that they lived in monasteries and were highly esteemed by the monks who gave them as gifts to other countries.

Tibbies, as they are affectionately known, are not really spaniels but may have come from the Japanese Chin. Tibbies look similar to the Pekingese and therefore some people mistake them for a Peke-mix instead of the actual breed they are.

The Tibetan Spaniel is a happy playful dog. They are very devoted to their families. Some owners say their Tibbie seems to actually know what they’re thinking and can relate to their owner’s mood which makes them feel almost human in their master’s eyes. They are not actual watch dogs but they will let you know when someone comes to the door or is on their property. They love to sit up high such as on the back of a couch so they can see out the window. So if you are looking for a dog that will not get on the furniture then a Tibbie is not for you.

Tibbies can be a little stubborn when it comes to housebreaking but once trained you’ll never have a problem. Although they are house dogs they love the
outdoors and a daily walk to meet and greet new friends will help satisfy their playful outgoing personality. A Tibbie should never be an outside only dog.
His size and personality makes him a perfect dog for a small home or apartment.


Weight: 9-15 lbs A Tibbie over 19 pounds is considered grossly overweight.
Height: Around 10 inches.
Colors: All colors. Some will have white on their feet.
Grooming: Brushing daily is recommended. They should have a professional groom about every 6-8 weeks.
Life: Average life expectancy 12-15 years

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