Tibetan Spaniel Description
The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog with a very dainty appearance. He carried himself with a certain regal dignity, and has a pretty face. He has a beautiful, silky coat, which is medium in length, and feathering of the backs of the legs and the ears. His small, silky ears frame his face beautifully, and he is finished off with a luxuriously plumed and feathered tail. The coloring of the Tibetan Spaniel can vary and he comes in a myriad of colors, including red, black, cream, and gold. The weight of the Tibetan Spaniel is around 9-15 pounds, and the height is around 10 inches.
A charming, sociable dog, the Tibetan Spaniel is a lover of creature comforts and makes a great family pet or companion. These dogs are well suited to both experienced and inexperienced dog owners, and have bags of energy, charm, and personality. This is an adaptable little dog, with a good natured disposition and a playful attitude. They can be stubborn and independent, which can make training something of a challenge, and a confident, assertive, yet positive owner is essential. Although some Tibetan Spaniels can be on the manipulative side, most are easy going, clam, and sensitive. Although the Tibetan Spaniel is not overly demanding in terms of exercise, regular walks are important, as is a safe and secure area in which to play when not on a leash.
The Tibetan Spaniel is very in tune with the emotions of his owner, and enjoys interaction. He is a real people dog, and does not like to be left alone or neglected. Very good at solving problems, smart, and quick to learn, the Tibetan Spaniel makes for a delightful companion. He enjoys climbing, and is very agile for his size. Early socialization is recommended with the Tibetan Spaniel to bring out confidence and stability in his temperament. He can be wary around strangers, and will bark to raise the alarm, making him an effective watchdog. He gets along well with children but does not like to be roughly handled, so is best around gentle, older children. He will usually get along well with other pets too, although some females can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a relatively low maintenance dog in terms of grooming, and you can brush his coat twice a week using a mist of water prior to brushing. He will need brushing more regularly during periods of heavy shedding. You should trim the hair around his bottom for hygiene reasons, and make sure that the ears and clean and dry to reduce the chances of infection. These dogs are medium shedder, and shed more heavily on a seasonal basis, so they are not ideal for allergy sufferers.
The Affenpinscher originates from Germany, and his name literally translates as Monkey Terrier in German - he was given this name because of his monkey-like expression and face. The breed can be traced back to around the seventeenth century, and was originally trained for ratting. He was registered with the AKC in 1936.
The Tibetan Spaniel started out as small monastery dogs in Tibet, China. They were once known as the "little Lions" and were so highly regarded that they were given as gifts to the royal palaces of China. The breed is likely to have common ancestors with a number of the Oriental breeds, including the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese.
The monks of Tibet sometimes used the Tibetan Spaniels as watchdogs, as the animals would bark with the approach of strangers to the monasteries. Because of their dispositions the animals were much loved and revered.
The early Tibetan Spaniels sat on the high walls of the monasteries and this love of heights has not been lost through the ages.
By the 1890's the Tibetan Spaniels were being bred in the United Kingdom. It was not until 1965 that the first authenticated reference to Tibetan Spaniels in the United States is found. This was a litter born out of two imported dogs from a Tibetan monastery.
By January 1971, the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America was formed with 14 charter members. After a period in the Miscellaneous classes, the Tibetan Spaniel was accepted for AKC registration and became eligible to compete as a Non-Sporting breed effective January 1, 1984.
Tthis is a fairly long lived breed. There are a number of health problems to look out for with these dogs, and this includes liver problems, Legg-Perthes, luxating patella, PRA, and allergies. Parents of the Tibetan Spaniel puppy should have OFA certificates.