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About the Breed: Tibetan Spaniel


Tibetan Spaniels are active watchdogs and affectionate companions. **Please note, this breed very rarely comes into rescue.


Tibetan Spaniels (often affectionately known as 'Tibbies') originated in the mountains of Tibet and were kept by monks as companion animals and alarm barkers. For further info, please see the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America.


This is a very intelligent breed which thrives on human companionship, and for this reason, they do not make good kennel dogs. Though they can be aloof with strangers, they are affectionate and devoted to their family and friends. They love being with you, whether for long walks in the country, visits with friends, or restful evenings curled up by a fire.


Tibbies are very sensitive little dogs; they sense and respond to your moods and feelings. They adapt to almost any lifestyle and most Tibbies readily mix with other pets.


  • Incredibly loyal and loving

  • Playful and willing to please

  • Smart and independent


  • Can be barky and reactive to noise.

  • Professional grooming highly recommended

  • Must be leashed or exercised in a securely fenced yard. They can wander and it takes consistency to build a strong recall response.

Best With

  • Tibbies do best with people who are home much of the time or spend time with them. For those who work, they would benefit from having another dog or cat companion

  • People who are willing to consistently train with positive reinforcement

  • People who like moderate grooming

Not For

  • People who don't like dogs that bark to sound the alarm.

  • People who are looking for a dog that can be off-leash.

More Info




Height about 10 inches. Proportion – Body slightly longer from the point of shoulder to root of tail than the height at withers. Substance – Weight 9 to 15 pounds being ideal.




Energy Level:


Moderately active, but can get their exercise met running around the house and a yard. They like walks. Older dogs tend to be more mellow.

Life Expectancy:

On average, 12 to 15 years.



Do well with children. They are small, so please be very attentive to children under the age of 8 with small dogs.

Other Animals:


Friendly with other animals. Can be tentative with new dogs or cats, but once they know them, they become part of the pack.



Tibetan Spaniels love to please. Obedience, rally, agility, or other dog activities can appeal to them, but they tend to be a bit independent in their thinking. They respond well to positive reinforcement.



To maintain a natural appearance, only minimum grooming is needed. Brush them occasionally and comb the ear fringes once a week. Trim bottoms of the pads.


Tibetan Spaniel are prone to a few health issues such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cherry Eye, Luxating Patella, and Hip Dysplasia.

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