Tibetan Spaniel


Quick Facts

  • Weight: 9 – 15 pounds (4.08 – 6.80 kg)
  • Height: 10 – 11 inches (25.40 – 27.94 cm)

The Look of a Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniels have small, long frames covered in silky coats that come in just about any color. Their slightly domed heads are small in relation to the rest of their bodies. They have dark, lively eyes and hanging, feathered ears that make them look like they’re wearing little hats. Their plumed tails are carried gaily over the back. Overall, Tibetan Spaniels have a proud but amiable look.


  • Sprightly
  • Playful
  • Loyal
  • Alert
  • Protective

Ideal Human Companion

  • Retirees
  • City dwellers
  • Families

What They Are Like to Live With

The Tibetan Spaniel is a pleasant and lively pal. Around the house, it tends to be outgoing but also watchful, soaking up every detail: It can be very intuitive as well, sensing what its owner is thinking at any given moment. Protective and alert, the Tibetan Spaniel will bark at the approach of someone suspicious, but it is not inclined to be yappy or loud. Also, they happen to be very cuddly.

Things You Should Know

Tibetan Spaniels can live as long as 15 years. Generally healthy and long-lived, some can develop allergies, eye problems and respiratory problems (due to their short muzzles). Tibetan Spaniels need regular brushing to keep their coats in good shape. A bath every eight weeks should be enough.

Tibetan Spaniel History

The Tibetan Spaniel originated in Tibet, where it served as a faithful companion to Buddhist monks. Called “little lions” for their toughness and watchfulness, these canines were given as special gifts to Chinese dignitaries over the years, most likely mixing with other breeds such as the Pekingese and Japanese Chin.

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