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Tibetan Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tibetan Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginTibet
Other Names
What other names does the Tibetan Spaniel have? The dog breed also known as...
Tibbie, Simkhyi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Tibetan Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Tibetan Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Price
How much does the Tibetan Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Tibetan Spaniel price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Tibetan Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Tibetan Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Tibetan Spaniel gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Tibetan Spaniel size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Tibetan Spaniel weigh? Tibetan Spaniel weight:
9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Tibetan Spaniel? Tibetan Spaniel average weight:
12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tibetan Spaniel? Tibetan Spaniel height:
10 inches (25 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Tibetan Spaniel average height:
10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Tibetan Spaniel have? What does this canine coat look like?
Silky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tibetan Spaniel's coat?
CreamRedSilverSableTanGoldWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Tibetan Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Tibetan Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Tibetan Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Tibbie? Tibetan Spaniel shedding level:
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Tibetan Spaniel dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tibetan Spaniel have? What characteristics does the breed have?
IntelligentAloofIndependentAssertiveHappyWillful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tibetan Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Average: Tibetan Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tibetan Spaniel sensitivity:
Tibetan Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Tibbie need? Tibetan Spaniel social needs:
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Why does my Simkhyi bark?
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Tibetan Spaniel good as a watchdog?
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tibetan Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Tibetan Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Tibbie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tibetan Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tibetan Spaniel do?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tibetan Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tibetan Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tibetan Spaniel roam?
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tibetan Spaniel have high prey drive?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tibetan Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Tibetan Spaniel dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Tibetan Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tibetan Spaniel and children:
Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Tibetan Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Tibetan Spaniel can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Tibetan Spaniels good office dogs? Do Tibetan Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Tibbie temperament with senior people? Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tibetan Spaniels are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tibetan Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Tibetan Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a boat dog?
Not really
Tibetan Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs have health problems?
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tibetan Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Tibetan Spaniel be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tibetan Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tibetan Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tibetan Spaniel have?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Tibetan Spaniel dogs require per day?
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Tibetan Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tibetan Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average. The Tibetan Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Tibetan Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Tibetan Spaniel drool?
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Tibetan Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Tibetan Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Tibetan Spaniel pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Tibetan Spaniel pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Tibetan Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Tibetan Spaniel have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tibetan Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Tibetan Spaniel

Pros
  • Trainability: Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Tibetan Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tibetan Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Anastasia from Australia

    Jun 5, 2020, 5:37:53 AM:

    Lovely smart sweet affectionate little dogs used by the monks originally. Highly recommend this breed. But they sure are stubborn. If they do what you ask it is a happy co-incidence. I have two now - they are so good.