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Tibetan Spaniel


General Information - Tibetan Spaniel


Group:
Non Sporting

Size:
Small

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
Low

Grooming:
Medium

Trainability:
Medium

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
Tibet

Date of Origin:
Ancient times

Other Names:
None

Original Function:
Watchdog, companion



History

The lineage of the Tibetan Spaniel is an ancient one, and no one can be certain how the breed developed. It is assumed that the breed represents a combination of the Pekingese, the Pug and the Japanese Spaniel. Originally bred in Tibetan monasteries, the breed was thought to bring luck and also served the monks by turning the prayer wheel. The breed was well recognsed in both China and Tibet by the 15th century, but it wasn't until 1920 that the first Tibetan Spaniels were imported to England. By the close of WWII, the breed was popular in Britain as a family pet.

Temperament

Small and intelligent, Tibetan Spaniels are not lap dogs. They enjoy sitting atop high objects and surveying their surroundings. The Tibetan spaniel is perky sweet and willful and makes a good watchdog, barking at intruders or anything unusual.

Upkeep

The Tibetan Spaniel’s exercise needs are minimal, but daily. Its needs can be met by games inside the house or yard, or with a short walk on leash. This breed is suited for apartment life and should not live outside. Its coat needs brushing and combing twice weekly.