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The Tibetan Spaniel, a very old breed dog

The Tibetan Spaniel is a Tibetan mountain dog, a very old breed whose origins are still controversial. Cheerful, alert and intelligent, the Tibetan Spaniel plays very well the role of warning dog which was his main mission when he was at the service of Buddhist monks.

Characteristics of the Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog measuring between 22 and 26 cm and weighing between 4 and 7 kg. Its body can fit into a triangle with a strong neck, but short topped by a mane that is longer than the height at the withers. The Tibetan Spaniel has a relatively small head compared to the body. He wears it very proudly. The domed skull is of medium size and has a marked stop. The dog has dark brown eyes, oval shaped and set wide apart. The look reveals a touching expression full of liveliness. As for the ears, they are set high, of medium size and abundant in bangs. They are also hanging. As for the coat, it is long and flat on the rest of the body, but short at the level of the head and the front part of the limbs. The standard tolerates all colors, combinations and shades of coat. It is therefore possible to find dogs with sand, white, black, gold, cream, etc. coats.

Breed History Tibetan Spaniel

The origins of the Tibetan Spaniel are still quite unclear. It is said to be a descendant of the Pug, the Pekingese and the Japanese Spaniel. What is certain in any case is that this breed comes from the mountains of Tibet and is known since the end of antiquity since it has long been used as a guard dog by Buddhist monks in their temples. It is important to know that even if it is called "spaniel", it is not a hunting dog. It has always been used as a warning or companion dog. It is only around the 19th century that the Tibetan Spaniel was introduced in England. The FCI (International Canine Federation) officially recognized him in 1961.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a highly intelligent and self-confident animal with a cheerful, alert and active character. It is also very loyal to its masters without being a glue pot, but keeps a certain independence. On the other hand, this dog does not appreciate strangers. Moreover, it is very effective to give the alarm thanks to its barking. The Tibetan Spaniel is a pet that is as suitable for families with children as it is for the elderly. No training is required with this breed. The dog will just have to learn the rules of life. On the other hand, he will have to be socialized at a young age.

Diet and main health problems of the Tibetan Spaniel

A hardy dog, the Tibetan Spaniel has a relatively strong health. However, he can be affected by urinary stones, generalized retinal atrophy or patella dislocation. It has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. In order for him to live that long, he will need to be provided with a good quality diet. In any case, it is not a big glutton.