Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a playful and intelligent breed to join your family, learn all you need to know about the Tibetan Spaniel.
A prized pet and watchdog for the Tibetan monasteries, the Tibetan Spaniel is lovingly referred to as a “little lion dog.” Thought of highly, the breed was gifted to royals throughout Asia. Given to other countries, the popularity of the Tibetan Spaniel grew. A devoted human companion, the breed is immediately loved by all families that own it.
- AKC group: Non-sporting
- UKC group: Herding
- Average lifespan: 14 – 16 years
- Average size: 9 – 15 pounds
- Coat appearance: Silky
- Coloration: Gold, cream, red and sable with white markings on paws
- Hypoallergenic: No
- Other identifiers: Small body, short to the ground and longer than it is tall; dark brown, oval eyes and black nose; feathering between the toes; plump and fluffy feathered tail
- Possible alterations: May be multicolored
Is this breed right for you?
A human lover to the bone, the Tibetan Spaniel goes well with young children and other pets. A great family dog, the breed also makes for an excellent watchdog. Suited for apartment life, he is a true-blue inside dog. Enjoying a daily walk and time out in the yard, he is a bit difficult to train. Requiring moderate grooming, the Tibetan Spaniel is a moderate shedder, but does lose a large amount once a year. In need of a master with good leadership skills, the breed is likely to show behavioral problems if allowed to develop small dog syndrome.
A dream day in the life of a Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel is likely to wake up with a smile. Happily wagging his tail at his owner, he will gladly follow his master wherever she may go. Running outside for a romp in the yard, he’ll bark at any possible intruders. A lover, he’ll play with and lick the children at any available opportunity. Kindhearted, he’ll be at your feet until the end of the day, where he’ll cuddle close for bedtime.