The Tibetan Spaniel is a friendly pet. Here is your informative A-list of Tibetan Spaniel. The nickname is Tibbie. This Tibetan Spaniel dog breed was originated from Tibet, just same as Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Pug and Shih Tzu. They are all an ancient dog breed which exists more than two thousand years ago. In Tibetan monasteries, this dog breed was used as watchdog or the gift to royal houses. In the late 1800s, first Tibetan Spaniel was brought to England. The Tibetan Spaniel is not belonging to spaniel breed. They were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1983. Today, Tibetan Spaniel is one of the happy family companions for everyone.

Facts about Tibetan Spaniel

  • Temperament – The Tibetan Spaniel is active, alert, charming, cheerful, friendly, highly intelligent, independent, playful, sweet and sociable. They are a wonderful family pet. They can get along with children and other pets. Spaniels are a good watchdog and they will wary of the stranger. They will bark at stranger when necessary. It might be difficult to housebreak due to their willful attitude. It is recommended to start their obedience training and early socialization for Tibetan Spaniel puppies. This dog breed suit for non-experienced dog owner.
  • Appearance – The Tibetan Spaniel has a small-sized body. The body is longer than it’s tall. They look similar as Pekingese. They have a small head and they come with a pair of oval-shaped dark brown eyes. The medium-sized ears are usually set fairly high. The nose is in black color and the muzzle is in medium length. They have a broad chest and the neck is strong. Their necks are usually covered with extra fur. They have short legs. The feet are round and usually come with white markings. The plumped tail is usually curved over the back. Tibetan Spaniels have a double coat. The outer coat is flat and soft whereas the under coat is dense.

Here are some Tibetan Spaniel pictures

Tibetan Spaniel Breed Information

Size Small
Height 50 cm (male and female)
Weight 4 – 7 kg (male and female)
Colour All colors and mixtures are allowed
Group Non-sporting Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 5 – 8 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Weekly brushing is needed. Use mild shampoo when bathing. This dog breed is an average shedder, their under coat sheds twice a year
Environment Indoor
Barking Less than average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, NZKC


The common health issue for Tibetan Spaniel is prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or weeping eye. Generally, they are a healthy dog breed.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Tibetan Spaniel from Tibetan Spaniel rescue or look for Tibetan Spaniel Puppies for sale from Tibetan Spaniel breeders.

Tibetan Spaniel