Tibetan Spaniel

The tibbie is a bit more than it is tall. Its head is small in proportion to the own body; its broad eye set provides it an “apelike” expression. The mouth area is undershot. The gait is fast moving, right, and free. The jacket is double sided, using a flat-lying, silky outer coat of medium length and a more mane. The tail is plumed, and long feathering develops from between the feet.

The Tibetan spaniel is independent, daring, and tenacious, but additionally it is delicate and biddable. It’s a joyful attitude, enjoying excursions and games with its loved ones. Additionally, it enjoys snoozes beside its distinctive individual. It’s a very enjoyable and fastidious housedog. It’s amiable with other animals and dogs, but reserved for strangers.

FAMILY companion, herding
DATE OF ORIGIN ancient times
ORIGINAL FUNCTION watchdog, companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10 Weight: 9-15
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10 Weight: 9-15
The tibbie’s exercise needs are minimal, however everyday. Its demands can be fulfilled by matches within the home or yard, or using a brief walk on leash. This strain is suited to apartment life and ought not to live outside. Its coat needs brushing and combing twice per week.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsLow
  • PlayfullnessModerately playful
  • Affection levelModerately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward other petsVery friendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingModerately easy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityNot very protective
  • Grooming needsModerate maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation
• Occasionally seen: PRA
• Suggested tests: knee, eye
• Life span: 12 – 15 years
The Tibetan spaniel’s history is interwoven with all the Buddhist beliefs of Tibet. The Lamaist kind of Buddhism considered that the lion as a significant symbol, since it had been stated to follow Buddha just like a puppy. The modest lionlike dogs who followed their Lama masters were considered as symbols of their sacred lion and were consequently highly appreciated. The Chinese also cultivated a lion puppy, the Pekingesedogs and puppies from every nation were frequently presented between nations, supporting some interbreeding between the Tibetan and Chinese dogs. Although breeding happened in the villages, the very best breedings were goods of their monasteries, which generally swallowed just the smallest specimens. The small dogs served over a decorative function; they perched to the monastery walls and sounded the alert when wolves or strangers approached. They also functioned as prayer dogs, turning the prayer wheels by way of little pedals. Even though the very first tibby came into England from the late 1800s, no joint breeding program was tried until the 1920s, when the Griegs (famous for encouraging the Tibetan spaniel) acquired several specimens. Only one of the puppies, Skyid, lived World War II, but its descendents are available in modern pedigrees. The beginning of the majority of Western Tibbies goes from approximately 1940, when many dogs arrived to England by means of an English couple living in Sikkim. It was not until the 1960s that the strain came into America, and just in 1984 did it get AKC recognition. This sacred dog was slow to garner fanciers, but it’s worshiped by people who have embraced it.


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