Tibetan Spaniel

Other names: Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Spaniel

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The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog, but of well-proportioned build. Its proud look and harmonious silhouette give it a much appreciated elegance.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin China, Great Britain
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 7 kg From 22 cm to 24 cm
Male From 4 kg to 7 kg From 25 cm to 26 cm
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History of the breed

If the patronage is attributed to Great Britain, the race of the Tibetan Spaniel finds its origins, as its name suggests, in the mountainous regions of Tibet . The ancestors of the Tibetan Spaniel would have appeared 2 millennia ago , as well as the Lhasa Apso, the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese, among others. This dog has long accompanied Buddhist monks in their temples, warning their masters and their counterparts of defense (mainly Tibetan Mastiffs) of the slightest intrusion.

Even if it bears the name of a spaniel, it has neither the qualities nor the heritage of a hunting dog. He has always served as a companion and alert dog . The first representatives of the breed to be taken to England arrived there towards the end of the 19th century . In the United States, the Tibetan Spaniels began to be adopted during the 1960s and the national club dedicated to the breed was founded in 1971. 13 years later, it obtained recognition by the American Kennel Club. In the meantime, on August 22, 1961, it was the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which granted it its definitive title.

Tibetan Spaniel Pictures

Photo of Nevie, Tibetan SpanielPhoto of Cooper, Tibetan SpanielPhoto of Lucky, Tibetan SpanielPhoto of Alfie, Tibetan SpanielPhoto by jpeg, Tibetan SpanielPhoto of GRANTS, Tibetan Spaniel

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Physical features

His hair: silky, lying, flat, of medium length, shorter on the face and the anterior part of the limbs. Presence of fringes on the posterior part of the forelimbs. The hair and the mane are less provided in the female.
Its color: all colors, shades and combinations are allowed.
His head: small in relation to the body, with a proud bearing. The skull is slightly domed, of medium width and length. The stop is light, but marked.
His ears: medium in size, set high, well trimmed with fringes and hanging down.
His eyes: oval, dark brown in color, medium in size, wide apart, directed forward, displaying an expressive and lively gaze.
Its body: writable in a rectangle, the length being slightly greater than the height at the withers. The neck is moderately short, strong, covered with a mane (more pronounced in the male than in the female). The back is straight and the ribs are well arched.
Its tail: high set, carried cheerfully, forming a loop on the back when the dog is in action and furnished with abundant hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Tibetan Spaniel   is a self -confident and very intelligent dog. Active and alert , he shows off his joie de vivre to members of his family, to whom he shows great loyalty , but while retaining a certain independence . Naturally reserved towards strangers , he is a fairly good alarm dog , warning his owners of the slightest suspicious intrusion.

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The education and socialization of the Tibetan Spaniel   should be started from an early age. They need firmness as much as they need play to learn basic commands, familiarize themselves with the rules and understand the limits that must not be crossed.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Tibetan Spaniel   is an indoor dog who adapts perfectly to a city lifestyle , in an apartment . The possibility of enjoying a fenced garden also suits him, but he must always be able to benefit from a shelter in the face of bad weather conditions.


Ease of gaining weight

The Tibetan Spaniel is a rustic dog enjoying good health . However, the breed is predisposed to a number of diseases, including the risk of kneecap fatigue, generalized retinal atrophy, urinary stones and persistence of the pupillary membrane.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Tibetan Spaniel is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Tibetan Spaniel   remains subject to 2 seasonal moults per year . During these last, it is likely to lose hair abundantly . Apart from the moults, its maintenance remains not very restrictive, but it must be carried out regularly.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week outside of moulting periods and daily during them. Particular attention should be paid to the hygiene of the inside of his hanging ears in order to prevent possible infections. A bath can be given to it every 3 or 4 months or so , but it does not need to be shaved.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Tibetan Spaniel is between 700 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Tibetan Spaniel is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

If the Tibetan Spaniel is not a particularly athletic dog , he nevertheless needs to benefit from daily walks for his physical, psychic and emotional balance.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1961


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