breed of ancient pedigree, the Tibetan Spaniel was given as tribute to
China and travelled the silk route to Europe where he quickly found favour
as a companion.
The Tibetan Spaniel
stands up to 10 inches at the shoulder, weighs up to 15 pounds, and has a
medium-long, silky, double coat. His coat may any colour or mix of colours.
A dog of naturally clean habits, he is easily kept as grooming is minimal.
Although they may be
aloof with strangers, the Tibetan Spaniel is affectionate and devoted
almost to the point of worship to his family. Not a breed to be left on
its own, the Tibbie thrives on human companionship. This is a dog who will
delight in cuddling up with you and being a loving bedwarmer. Children
must be old enough to respect the Tibbie's small size.
Not typically 'yappers',
Tibbies are very intelligent and alert, and will notify you immediately of
strangers or unusual events. Once found lying on the high walls of the
monasteries, today Tibbies can often be found enjoying the view from
modern high spots like the window sill. Their keen sight, hearing, and
sense of smell make them wonderful watchdogs.
Training should never be
harsh as they are very sensitive little dogs, who understand and respond
to your moods and feelings.