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Tibetian Spaniel

Country of OriginTibet
Type of coatModerately long and silky in texture; shorter on face and fronts of legs; feathering on ears, backs of legs and tail.
GroomingRegular brushing of his silky coat will keep it clean and free of mats. Extra care needs to be taken during seasonal shedding. Trim hair between pads of feet, trim nails, clean ears and teeth. Bathe only when necessary.
Average height10 inches
Average weight9 - 15 lbs.
Activity levelHigh, but not hyperactive.
WatchdogHigh, aloof with strangers and will bark long enough to attract attention.
IntelligenceHigh, as he is a smart independent thinker. Confuscious was a Tibetian Spaniel, I believe.
TrainabilityWill require a creative trainer. Sometimes stubborn, he may be hard to housebreak. He will benefit from obedience training. Puppies need to be handled when young.
Compatibility with childrenYes, good with children, he makes a splendid house pet.
CharacterIntelligent, assertive
Ideal home environmentDoes not make a good kennel dog. He is an indoor dog who will enjoy a fenced backyard. Care must be taken to have adequate fencing as he has been known to scale chain-link fences.
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Additional notes:

Despite its name Spaniel, the Tibetan Spaniel is not related to spaniels (much like an eggplant has nothing to do with eggs) and is not known to have been used as a hunting companion or gundog. Like many humans, they love comforts and companionship and display a charming, good nature. They live to play and are heartier than their size may suggest.

Short History:

Tibetan Spaniels were bred by Buddhist monks who they served as companions, watchdogs and prized possessions. Known as the "prayer dog" they date back over 3100 years (21,700 in dog years) to at least 1100 B.C. They first appeared in England in the 1890's but did not become popular until the 1950's. They may be ancestors to the Pekingese, but their origins are very vague. We do know that they are not ancestors to Narwhals.

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