Tibetan Spaniel

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


4-7 kg (approx)

Life Span:

12-15 years (approx)


The Tibetan Spaniel is often mistaken for the Pekingese, the difference being that the Tibetan Spaniel has a less profuse coat, slightly longer face, and does not have the extra skin around the eyes. The body is somewhat longer than tall. The slightly domed head is small in proportion to the body. The nose is black. The dark brown eyes are set well apart, oval in shape, and medium in size. The front legs are slightly bowed and the feet are hare-like. The well-feathered tail is set high and carried over the back. The Silky double-coat lays flat, is short and smooth on the face and front of the legs, and medium length on the body. The neck is covered in a mane of hair which is more prominent in males. There is feathering between the toes that often hangs out over the feet. The coat comes in all colors, solid, multicolored or shaded, including fawn, red, gold, cream, white, black, and black and tan, often with white markings on the feet.


This breed originated in Tibet. They are descended from dogs from China and other Buddhist countries. Tibetan Spaniels are considered an ancient breed, being that there is evidence of their existence over 2000 years ago. Most small Asian dogs are believed to be descended from the Tibbie. Highly esteemed in ancient Tibet, they were often given as gifts to royal houses and the dogs were spread throughout Asia. Depictions of the dogs were found in early Eastern art dating back as far as 1100 BC. The dogs worked turning the prayer wheel for their masters and also as watchdogs in the Tibetan monasteries. They would sit upon the high walls and bark at anything they believed didn't belong. The breed was first introduced to England in the late 1800s.


The Tibetan Spaniel is cheerful, happy, charming, very clever, and trusting. This breed is a fine family companion, very independent, and a good watchdog. They are not yappy, yet will bark at intruders and odd noises.


The Tibetan Spaniel requires moderate exercise, which includes a daily walk. They will also enjoy a romp in the yard. Comb and brush the coat regularly. An average shedder all year round, but comes out in clumps once a year.