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Tibetan Spaniel

General Description

Tibetan spaniels are happy, playful little companions. Watchful and alert, they make good watchdogs, although they are not prone to excessive yapping like some toy breeds. Tibbies tend to be somewhat reserved around strangers and should be supervised around children, but generally get along well with other pets.

General Health

Tibetan Spaniels are fairly healthy but are prone to some genetic problems, including patellar luxation, congenital deafness, epilepsy, and certain eye diseases like progressive retinal atrophy, entropion, and retinal dysplasia.

Character and Temperament

Assertive, aloof, independent, wilful, intelligent, happy and playful


A healthy Tibetan Spaniel requires between 30 minutes and one hour of moderate exercise each day. A few walks and a play session in the yard or living room will keep them fit.


Though they are not spaniels, Tibetan Spaniels are indeed from Tibet. They lived (and still live) in Tibetan monasteries with monks and lamas (priests). They were referred to as “little lions,” a title of great honor since lions are considered sacred in Buddhism.


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