Tibetan Spaniel

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The Full Tibetan Spaniel Description

The Tibetan Spaniel is intelligent and loving. He's not a lap dog, even though he's small. He's a brave watchdog and likes to take walks and play. Tibetan Spaniels get along well with other animals, especially other dogs.

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Tibetan Spaniels were used as watched dogs as well as companion dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are family-oriented and very trusting of other dogs and people.

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The Tibetan Spaniel is known for his remarkable intelligence and affectionate nature.
The Tibetan Spaniel enjoys the company of his family and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. He does enjoy the company of other dogs.
The Tibetan Spaniel is gay and assertive. Although he may be somewhat aloof towards strangers, he is devoted to his family

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Small, active and alert. Well balanced in general outline, slightly longer in body than height at withers.


Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers.


Alert, loyal but independent.

Head and Skull

Small in proportion to body, carried proudly. Masculine in dogs but free from coarseness. Skull slightly domed, moderate width and length. Stop slight but defined. Medium length of muzzle, blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. Chin showing some depth and width. Nose: black preferred.


Dark brown, oval, bright and expressive, medium size, set fairly well apart but forward looking. Rims black.


Medium size, pendant, well feathered in adults, set fairly high. Slight lift from the skull desirable but must not fly. Large, heavy, low set ears untypical.


Slightly undershot. Teeth evenly placed and the lower jaw wide between the canine teeth. Full dentition desirable. Teeth and tongue not showing when mouth closed.


Moderately short, strong and well set on. Covered with a mane or ‘shawl’ of longer hair, more pronounced in dogs than bitches.


Moderate bone. Forelegs slightly bowed but firm at shoulder. Shoulder well laid.


Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than the height at withers, good spring of rib, level back.


Well made and strong, hocks well let down, straight when viewed from behind. Moderate turn of stifle.


Harefoot. Small and neat with feathering between toes often extending beyond the feet. Round cat-feet undesirable.


Set high, richly plumed and carried in gay curl over back when moving. (Not to be penalised for dropping tail when standing.)


Quick-moving, straight, free, positive.


Top coat silky in texture, smooth on face and front of legs, of moderate length on body, but lying rather flat. Undercoat fine and dense. Ears and back of forelegs nicely feathered, tail and buttocks well furnished with longer hair. Not overcoated, bitches tend to carry less coat and mane than dogs.


All colours and mixture of colours permissible.


Height about 25 cms (10 ins). Ideal weight: 4-7 kgs (9-15 lbs).

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