The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog with a dome-shaped head and a long, thick glossy coat. It was only introduced to the UK from Tibet in 1900 and its popularity has grown significantly over recent years.
The Tibetan Spaniel originates from Tibet where it was bred by Lamaist monks over many centuries.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a small low-set dog with a luxurious long silky coat and a tail that curls gently over its back. The head of the Tibetan Spaniel is domed and small in size compared to the body. The eyes are dark and expressive. The face of the Tibetan Spaniel is fairly flat, creating an almost mournful expression.
The breed is alert, friendly and playful in the home. It is normally good with children and other dogs. It can be aloof with strangers, but rarely aggressive. It’s a lively and intelligent breed that thrives on family life. Care should be taken around introducing cats to the Tibetan Spaniel and contact with other smaller pets should be avoided. The Tibetan Spaniel makes a good guard dog around the home.
This compact and energetic little dog is available in a large variety of colours and markings:
Height bitch around 25cms
Height dog around 25cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 4-7kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 4-7kgs
The Tibetan Spaniel requires up to an hour of exercise each day, making it a suitable choice of dog for the older or less active dog owner.
Yes. The Tibetan Spaniel is intelligent and easy to train. It is a small dog, making it a practical size for most family homes.
Medium to long. The straight coat with its fine silky featherings can grow quite long.
Medium. The Tibetan Spaniel requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove any tangles or matts from the long, silky feathers.
Ears should be cleaned with a specialist ear cleaner to keep clean and prevent hotness or infection.
No. The breed sheds quite prolifically throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.
The breed is generally fairly healthy, but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:
A healthy dog should enjoy a life expectancy of up to 15 years.
Puppies are sometimes available and pedigree puppies cost in the region of £500-£600. Litters tend to be produce between 3-6 puppies. Just 169 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs requires 123gms of complete dry food per day. A bitch or dog weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.
Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.
Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your Tibetan Spaniel that are not covered by general pet insurance:
Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.