Height: 9-11 inches
Weight: 9-15 lbs.
Life Span: 12-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Tibetan spaniels are friendly, low-maintenance dogs well suited to life
in the city, suburbs, or country. Eager to please, they do well in obedience
They love to play with gentle children and get along very well with other
animals. They may be cautious with strangers and will sound the bark alarm
when someone comes to the door.
The outercoat is silky in texture; the undercoat is dense and soft. The
neck is covered with a mane or "shawl" of longer hair.
The coat color is fawn, cream, white, black, black and tan, or red. The
tail is richly plumed and carried in a curl over the back.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Tibetan spaniels need to be brushed every other day. They are content with
a brisk daily walk around the block and some indoor playtime before curling
up in their owners' laps.
The Tibetan spaniel is not a spaniel--it is probably related to the Pekingese,
pug, and Japanese Chin--but seems to have originated, perhaps as early as
200 B.C., in Tibet, where it sat on the outer walls of Buddhist
monasteries barking out warnings when strangers approached.
Breed-related health concerns include progressive retinal atrophy.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club