Tibetan Spaniels were used as both companions and watchdogs in Tibetan villages and monasteries. Although not large enough to be effective guard dogs, their barking would alert their owners to visitors, trespassers, or predators. The breed’s ancestors include the Pekingese and the Japanese Chin. Tibetan Buddhists placed ceramic statues of these dogs in tombs so that the departed would have the companionship of their dogs after death. The
Tibetan Spaniel stands from 9 to 11 inches tall and weighs 9 to 15 pounds. The head is small and slightly domed with oval-shaped dark brown eyes and pendant ears. The body is slightly longer than the dog is tall, and the tail is plumed and carried over the back. The undercoat is soft, and the outer coat is silky. The coat is smooth on the face and the front of the legs. The ears, backs of the legs, tail, and ruff are feathered. This breed needs brushing and combing two to three times a week. The coat, especially the feathers, can tangle and mat. The coat also sheds.
Tibetan Spaniel needs a daily walk, but if I can’t get out, the Tibetan Spaniel can get enough exercise playing ball in the house or backyard. The Tibetan Spaniel is very playful, even as an adult, and loves fetch games. Bred for centuries as a watchdog, this breed can be quite standoffish and wary of strangers. Early socialization, beginning in puppyhood, can prevent fearfulness or aggression. As watchdogs, they can also be barkers, but training can help control that. For the most part, training is easy, as these dogs are very eager to please. Many Tibetan Spaniels serve as therapy dogs. This breed is very affectionate and loves to be with people. They are good with children who do not treat them roughly or with disrespect. Tibetan Spaniels can get overwhelmed in situations with a lot of children. The primary health concern is eye problems, including PRA and cataracts.