Tibetan spaniel: Dog Breed Description

The Tibetan Spaniel breed was bred in the Himalayas over 2000 years ago. For a long time, these dogs lived only in local Buddhist monasteries. The monks never sold these dogs and only occasionally gave them to the royal families and the most honored guests of the monasteries. The Tibetan Spaniel in the monastery played the role of an observer and the role of a heating pad for the host monk.


The Tibetan Spaniel is a very rare primitive breed. This little dog is extremely active and agile. She is often called the “little lion” because of her original appearance and exotic oriental charm. This is a wonderful companion dog.


The Tibetan Spaniel is a very intelligent dog, deeply devoted to his family and friends. She usually enjoys communication with people and is sensitive to changes in the mood of the owner. A special pleasure for this breed is to sleep in the same bed with the owner and sit in his arms – this way they can better see what is happening around. These dogs get along well with teens and pets. He does not like strangers, but does not show aggression towards them. The Tibetan Spaniel is an excellent watchman who will always warn the owner if he sees something unusual.

Wool and care

The Tibetan Spaniel has two layers of fur. The outer layer of medium length is soft and silky, the inner layer is thick and soft, protecting the dog from frost and sun. The hair on the tail, ears and back of the legs is longer than on the rest of the body, and this dog also has a chic collar around the neck. The color of this breed ranges from white to black: there are fawn, cream, red, gold and black and tan dogs. The Tibetan Spaniel sheds twice a year – it changes its undercoat. This dog should be brushed at least once a week, paying particular attention to the hair on the ears, where mats often form. It is recommended that you bathe your Tibetan Spaniel periodically using a mild shampoo that will wash away all dirt, but not dry out your dog’s skin. This breed is not healthy, it is prone to allergies, hip and knee dysplasia, various eye diseases, and these dogs do not tolerate anesthesia well.


The Tibetan Spaniel is smart but independent and stubborn. Often, he thinks he knows more than his master. This dog does not like discipline and any organization. The Tibetan Spaniel quickly gets bored in training. But he always strives to please, and therefore will try for the sake of the attention of his master. This breed needs early socialization. Because of the Tibetan Spaniel’s sensitivity, it needs to be trained patiently and lovingly, constantly praising the dog.


The Tibetan Spaniel needs daily walks and runs on a leash. He loves to play outdoors and should be used to keep him in good shape. With active training, Tibetan Spaniel can live in an apartment, but he feels best in a small fenced yard. This dog should not be left alone, as it will quickly become bored and destroy everything around.

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