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Tibetan Spaniel


Tibetan Spaniel Facts

  • Group
  • Non Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 9" - 11"
  • Weight
  • 9-15 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 10 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Low - This breed requires little daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

None known.


The Tibetan Spaniel originated in Tibet.

Date Of Origin

The Tibetan Spaniel can be found in early Eastern art, dating as early as 1100 BC and on some carved Jade pieces from 1644 AD.


The Tibetan spaniel is not actually a spaniel; instead, it is related to the Pekingese and the Japanese chin. It was developed by Tibetan Buddhist lamas to resemble lions, or Foo dogs, which are revered in Buddhist symbolism. It was commonly given as a gift in other Buddhist countries. In the monasteries it served as a companion and guard, barking from the top of the monastery walls. The first of these dogs were brought to England in the late nineteenth century, but the breed did not make its way to the U.S. until 1965.


The Tibetan spaniel is a small dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. Its head is small in proportion to its body and carried proudly. It has a medium length muzzle that is blunt and wrinkle free. Its nose is black; dark eyes are medium size and oval, and ears are medium size and pendant. It has small hare feet and a well feathered tail that is set high and carried curled over the back. It is double coated with silky, medium length hair. There is a ruff around the neck and the ears; the back of the legs and the rump are well feathered. The face and front of the legs are smooth. All colors and combination's are seen.


The Tibetan spaniel is an affectionate, family oriented, and eager to please dog. It is wary with strangers, making it a good watchdog, but good with people and animals it knows. Some describe it as catlike.


This breed is a fine family companion, very independent and a good watchdog.

Health Concerns

Cataracts, PRA.

Additional Information

This dog is very adaptable. It does well in city, suburbs or rural homes.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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