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Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel Sadie
"Sadie"-DOB:31 January 1996
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Origin / History The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed of small dog believed to have existed since 1000 B.C. As its name implies, it originates from Tibet, where it was highly prized by monks and royals. It served as a watchdog and companion in monasteries, and often helped turn the prayer wheels. The habit of sitting in high places, quiet and brooding, is still seen in the Tibetan Spaniels of today.

Tibetan Spaniels were trade to the royal houses of other Buddhist countries, which helped spread the breed throughout Asia. The trade was especially strong in China, who in return presented their own native “lion dogs.” It is thus believed that the Tibetan Spaniel is related to other small Asian breeds, such as the Pekingese and the Japanese Chin. Now a popular companion dog, the Tibetan Spaniel remains highly esteemed in Tibet and loved by dog owners in the West.

Appearance At first glance, the Tibetan Spaniel looks much like a Pekingese, with its diminutive size and silky medium-length coat. There are some subtle differences, though, such as a longer face, broader muzzle, and lack of loose skin in the eye area. The eyes are large, dark and very expressive, and the ears pendant and feathered. The tail is heavily plumed, like a pompom, and curled over the back.

Colours The Tibetan Spaniel comes in a wide range of colors, including black, white, black and tan, cream, gold, fawn, and red. There is no preferred color or color combination.

Temperament Tibetan Spaniels are perky and cheerful, but may be shy around strangers. They are very intelligent and assertive, sometimes bordering on stubbornness. They are fun to have around and are great with children and other animals. They are usually quiet around the house, but they also have a strong watchdog instinct—they'll bark to announce visitors and alert their family when they sense danger.

Height and Weight The standard height is 10 inches at the withers and ideal weight is between 9 and 15 pounds.

Common Health Problems This is a genetically sound breed with very few health risks. However, respiratory problems may be more likely, as with most short-faced dogs. This can be avoided by keeping the dogs cool and giving them lots of water. Gastric torsion or bloat can also occur if the dog becomes too active after feeding.

Living Conditions Tibetan Spaniels make excellent apartment dogs. They are usually calm indoors, but they can be very active once they step outside. These dogs like to sit in high places, but owners should make sure there are soft landings as their frames cannot handle hard falls. They prefer cold climates and will do fine without a yard.

Exercise Requirements This is a rather energetic breed that needs an ample dose of exercise every day. Playing indoors will take care of some of its exercise needs, but a daily long walk is recommended. They'll also enjoy running alongside a bike, playing catch, and romping in a large yard.

Training Requirements Tibetan Spaniels can be hard to train, as they are naturally independent and willful. Training should begin within the first year, before this attitude fully kicks in. They should also be socialized as pups, especially if there are non-canine pets in the house. These dogs can be sensitive, so shouting and physical punishment should be avoided. Gentle but firm methods usually work best.

Life Expectancy Tibetan Spaniels are slow to mature, so they live longer than many similar breeds. The average lifespan is 10 to 14 years.

Grooming This breed requires moderate maintenance. The coat sheds heavily once a year, often coming out in clumps. Owners should brush the coat every day during this period to prevent tangling and matting. The rest of the year, weekly combing with a firm bristle brush should be enough. Baths should be given only when necessary, taking care not to irritate the eyes.

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Tibetan-Spaniel Roxie
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