|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Tibetan Spaniel Association Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Ms Naomi Liss|
Background The Tibetan Spaniel is a most charming and highly intelligent little dog which originated in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. As a breed it has been known for over 2000 years and was bred and owned by the Buddhist monks and lamas - they were never sold but occasionally given as treasured gifts to esteemed friends. Although legend has it that they turned the prayer wheels in the monasteries, it was as a watchdog that they excelled and still do to this day - their keen sight and hearing making them a valuable companion, especially to those who live alone.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Tibetan Spaniels can live for up to 16 years of age or more.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Intelligent, mischievous, stubborn, determined – a Tibetan Spaniel possesses all the traits of a precocious child; although at times they may test your patience, they are soon forgiven because of their playfulness and wicked sense of humour, puppy-like characteristics which they retain their whole life. They are very adept at problem solving and are very responsive to their owner’s feelings. Tibetan Spaniels are equally at home in an apartment or a country property, although they do need to be adequately confined or they tend to go "exploring" due to their inquisitive natures. Because they have been bred for and thrive on human companionships they do not make good kennel dogs and are best kept in a situation where they have access to both house and well-fenced garden via a "dog-door". Although they may be aloof with strangers they are very affectionate and devoted to their family and friends and will adapt to any lifestyle, although a Tibetan Spaniel should not be left alone for long periods, such as when the owner/s are working, as it may fret and become depressed without company.
Compatibility with other pets Mixes readily with other pets.
Care Requirements Being generally very sound and healthy, the Tibetan Spaniel could be said to be an "easy-care" dog. Although the coat is moderately long it does not tend to tangle and has little odour. It has a double-coat - a soft undercoat for warmth, and a longer silky outer coat which lies flat, and a regular bath and "blow-dry" keeps the coat in good condition. They are very active for their size and need and enjoy regular exercise, as much to alleviate boredom as to promote fitness.
Ideal Owner/s For those whose needs require a small dog, but would admire the confident individuality and self-assertive charm of the Tibetan Spaniel. They are big dogs in a small body - part cat, part dog, part monkey - possessing the independence and curiosity of the cat, the faithfulness and watchfulness of the dog, and the cleverness and mischievousness of the monkey.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Tibetan Spaniel and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.