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Breed Organization
Tibetan Spaniel Club of America
Native Country
Other Names
Tibetan Spaniel, Spaniel Tibetano, Simkhyi
Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-16 Years
Litter Size
Average 2-4 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance
The Tibetan Spaniel has a domed head that is small, in comparison to the body. It has a short blunt muzzle free of wrinkles. Teeth meet in an undershot or level bite. The nose is black. The eyes are medium but in keeping with the face and are set wide apart, these are oval in shape. The Tibetan Spaniel does not have extra skin around the eyes; this helps to tell the breed apart from the Pekingese. The ears hang down either side of the head to cheek level and are feathered with a v shape. The neck is covered in a mane of hair, which is more noticeable in the male of the breed. The Tibetan Spaniel's front legs are a little bowed and the feet are "hare-like". This dog has a great feathered tail that is set high and is carried over their back. The coat is a silky double coat lying flat and is short and smooth on the face and leg fronts; it is medium in length on the body; it has feathering on the ears, toes and tail.

Breed Description
Head: Small. Slightly domed skull. Slight stop. Short muzzle. Chin fairly high and wide. Complete dentition is preferable.
Ears: Set on fairly high, medium-sized, pendulous, standing slightly away from skull, well-feathered.
Eyes: Medium-sized, oval, fairly widely spaced. Dark brown. Eyelids edged in black.
Body: Fairly long. Neck fairly short, strong, well set-on, covered with a mane (or "shawl") of longer hair, especially in the male. Well-sprung ribs. Straight back. Strong hindquarters.
Tail: Set on high, carried curled gaily over the back in action. Well-furnished with hair.
Hair: Medium in length, silky, smooth on the foreface and fronts of the legs. Feathering on the ears and backs of the legs. Fine, dense undercoat.
Coat: All colors and combinations of colors are allowed.
Size: Dog: approx. 27 cm.Bitch: approx. 24 cm.
Weight: 4 to 7 kg.

The origins of this very ancient breed are unclear. Dogs were traded between Tibet and China so long ago that the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese may have contributed to the Tibetan Spaniel's development. Alternately, the Tibetan Spaniel crossed with the Pug may have produced the Pekingese. The Tibetan Spaniel has always been a favorite of Tibetan monks, who kept the breed in their monasteries and used him to turn praying wheels. Tibetan Spaniels were brought to Europe by missionaries in the fifteenth century. While the first specimens were brought to Great Britain in 1905, the breed was not developed there until after World War II.

Lively, energetic, fast, and agile, the Tibetan Spaniel is good-natured, affectionate, and gentle. He is calm, intelligent, fairly quiet, and unaggressive, but his mistrust of strangers makes him a good watchdog. He needs gentle training.

He is prone to respiratory problems and heatstroke.

He is well-suited to apartment life, as long as he is walked daily. He needs regular brushing.

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