Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel description

The Tibetan Spaniel was one of the favoured companion of Tibetan monks who found him similar attribute to lions. Lions are an important symbol in Buddhism as they represent the power, strength and royalty of Buddha. The Buddhist philosophy also tells the story of Buddha who tamed and trained a lion to follow his paths. Subsequently, Monks had great care for their Tibetan Spaniels. These toy dogs were also reputed good watch dogs. They would sit on the monastery walls and bark to notify their owners of incoming visitors. A legend tells that Tibetan Spaniels were trained to turn the prayer wheel while monks were reciting the mantra.

Tibetan spaniels were also offered as a present to aristocrats. As a result, the breed quickly spread throughout Asia. It is believed that this breed is closely related to other toy dog breeds such as the Pekingese and Japanese Spaniel.

The Tibetan Spaniel breed was introduced to the UK in 1890.


Tibetan Spaniel characteristics

A Tibetan Spaniel measures about 10 inches and weighs between 4 to 7 kilos. Their thick and furry coat can be of various colours. The difference in the colour of the Tibetan Spaniel's coat can be explained by the distance between villages where the dogs were bred.


Tibetan Spaniel temperament

The Tibetan Spaniel is a good and faithful companion, very attached to his owners. At home, he will be a very joyful and active companion. Being wary of strangers, he is also an excellent watchdog. By nature independent, he is often compared to a cat. Like a cat, it is not unusual to find him sleeping in different areas of the house. Tibetan Spaniels are also curious. They kept their old habit of standing in heigh to keep an eye on their surroundings.

Tibetan Spaniels generally get along with other dogs.


Tibetan Spaniel training

Tibetan Spaniels require a consistent but gentle training. This dog breed is known to be very sensitive also patience is required from their owners. The general training of the Tibetan Spaniel should not include loud shouting or physical contact. Their nature stubborn makes obedience training slightly more difficult than with other breeds. Remaining calm and assertive is the key to success with your dog.

An early socialization of the Tibetan Spaniel puppy with other animals and dogs is preferred. Doing so, will give a better balance to your dog and reduce the risk of aggression towards other animals.


Tibetan Spaniel food habits

Like all other toy breeds, Tibetan Spaniels do not require large amount of food. They generally do well on dry food.


Tibetan Spaniel health

With a life expectancy of about 13 years, the Tibetan Spaniel is considered a healthy dog breed. However there are a few common health issues within the breed: