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Tibetan Spaniel

 tibetan spaniel

A small dog that is slightly longer than he is tall, the adult Tibetan Spaniel is around 25cm in height and weighs approximately 7-9kg. He has a silky, medium-length coat, which is smooth on the face, and feathered on the ears, backs of the legs and tail. Males have a thicker coat and 'mane' around the neck and shoulders. The coat comes in all colours and combinations.

 tibetan spaniel
  • Category size: Small
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
 tibetan spaniel
  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Vocal
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Utility
 tibetan spaniel
  • Alone: Less than 1 hour
  • Other pets: High
  • Stability as a guard: Medium

Origin

Bred by monks to be watchdogs in the monasteries of Tibet, the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed has never been a gundog spaniel breed, but perhaps takes its name after toy spaniels, as he was given as diplomatic gifts to royalty and nobility to whom he became a prized companion. For hundreds of years, the Tibetan Spaniel would climb monastery walls to keep a look-out, barking to alert the monks if someone approached. To this day, in the modern home, a 'Tibbie' often seeks a high vantage point in his self-appointed role as watchdog.

Personality

An active, alert little dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is reserved with strangers and utterly loyal to his loved ones. He has a happy disposition but quite an independent little soul. He doesn't like to be separated from his family for too long, however, and he can be vocal in his watchdog duties.

Health

An active, alert little dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is reserved with strangers and utterly loyal to his loved ones. He has a happy disposition but quite an independent little soul. He doesn't like to be separated from his family for too long, however, and he can be vocal in his watchdog duties.

Exercise

The Tibetan Spaniel needs about an hour's exercise each day. Do ensure that your garden is secure and check the boundaries regularly, as this breed is a renowned digger!

Nutrition

Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

The double coat consists of a fine, dense undercoat and a longer, silky topcoat. Brush and comb through the coat a couple of times a week, paying particular attention to the feathering, which is prone to tangling.

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What to Consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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