Breed Family: Non-Sporting
Country of Origin: Tibet
Size: Small, height 51cm, weight 4.1-6.8kg
Also Known as: Tibbie
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Care Requirements: Medium
Exercise Requirements: Low/Medium

General information and Appearance
Descended from ancient breeds in early Tibet, these dogs are small but fierce and served as both guard dogs and joyful companions. The overall appearance of the Tibbie is similar to that of a Pekingese, with a few distinctions.
The Tibetan Spaniel appears alert, with its small, domed head erect and dark oval eyes attentive. This breed often has an undershot bite characteristic of other visually similar breeds, which creates a blunt muzzle. These dogs have proportionally long bodies for their height, and are set low the ground. Their necks are short and backs straight. The tail is feathered and full, curling over the dog’s back.

This breed has a double coat of fur. The hair is soft, shiny and short in length. The outer coat lies flat in most places, except where it is feathered on the tail and mane. The mane features light, medium-length hair and is more prominent in males than females. Coat colours include many variations of solid and multi-coloured fawn, gold, cream, black, tan, white and red. The feet are usually white and are somewhat rabbit-like.

Temperament
Tibetan Spaniels are exuberant and happy dogs. They do well in families are they are great companions. In the Tibetan monasteries, these dogs were faithful watchdogs. They would watch from the monastery walls and bark at any threats. Today, they enjoy a similar habit. This breed will perch on top of a higher area, like the back of a sofa, and watch out the window for hours. They are slightly more independent than other breeds and do not hanging out by themselves for a bit. However, this is not to suggest that they are not loving and devoted companions.

This breed enjoys to the company of its family very much. They are cheerful and love to snuggle up and lick their owners affectionately. Tibbies are good dogs in families with children, but like other small breeds, supervision is recommended when playing.

This dog will make a loyal and charming companion. It is important to establish the pack leader early in the life of the dog. At times, small dogs in particular are not trained with as much diligence as bigger dogs because their naughty behaviours are thought of as cute. The small dog thinks of itself as the alpha leader of the home and then negative behaviours will become more frequent, including nipping, aggression, stubbornness and excessive barking. It is essential to show these dogs who the boss of the home is to avoid these human-induced problems.

Health Issues
With a breeding history set in the Himalayan Mountains, this breed is especially tough and rarely has health problems. The few documented illnesses in this breed are Progressive Retinal Atrophy, respiratory problems and heat stroke. The shortened snout of this dog can lead to difficulty breathing, and the dogs often make a snorting noise. The heat also plays a part in this. While these problems do occur, they are very rare. It is essential to speak with a breeder about potential problems as most breeders across Australia go above and beyond to ensure clean bloodlines and healthy pups.

Grooming and Care
Tibetan Spaniels shed heavily once a year, and sheds regularly year-round as well. Combing and brushing should be done on a regular basis. They should be bathed only when necessary. Clipping around the ears, trimming the nails and other routine maintenance can be required.

Suitability as Pet In Australia
These companion dogs would make a wonderful addition to any family in Australia. From young children to elderly adults, this dog can thrive in any type of home. Additionally, because they are small and have relatively low exercise requirements, they can live happily in flats or apartments. Most of their energy can be expended indoors in addition to a daily walk outdoors. They would enjoy playing outside, but a fenced-in yard is recommended. They can be a little stubborn at times, especially when called in by their owners so its best not to leave it to chance and have a fence or a line to keep them nearby.

Tibbies are a breed that is likely to get along with everyone, from other pets to children to adults. They may be wary of strangers at first, due to their protective nature, but this can be quickly overcome. These dogs are also intelligent, which makes them clever and resourceful. They can be trained to do cute or useful tricks, or simply trained to be a loving and adorable pet.

Tibetan Spaniel Organisations in Australia
The Tibetan Spaniel Club of NSW Inc
President : Damian Bourne
Email : tornadobe@octa4.net.au
Phone : 02 63823887

Tibetan Spaniel Organisations in the UK
Tibetan Spaniel Association

Tibetan Spaniel Organisations in the US
Tibetan Spaniel Club of America
Tibetan Spaniel Association of Victoria

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