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Tibetan Spaniel

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Dog Breed Group
Non Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Tibet 
Life Expectancy
15 - 16 years 
Color
All solid colors and mixtures are found. 
Coat
Moderately long and silky in texture. Coat is shorter on its face and fronts of its legs. It has feathering on its ears, backs o 
Exercise Needs
Needs routine walks and runs as he loves to romp outdoors and does his best when he has received a lot of exercise. Sometimes st 
Temperament
The Tibetan Spaniel is a delicate lap dog. He is lively and affectionate with his owners, aloof and distrustful towards stranger 
Good with Children
Yes. Good with children and makes a splendid house pet. They are good with cats and other dogs and can learn to accept exotic bi 
Grooming Needs
Regular brushing of his silky coat will keep it clean and free of mats. Extra care needs to be taken during seasonal shedding. T 
Average Size - Male (in)
10 
Average Size - Female (in)
10 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
9 - 15 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
9 - 15 
Health Issues
Progressive retinal atrophy, juvenile kidney disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia.v
Living Conditions
Does not make a good kennel dog. He is an indoor dog who will enjoy a fenced backyard. Care must be taken to have adequate fenci 

Breed Description

Despite his name Spaniel, the Tibetan Spaniel is not related to spaniels and is not known to have been used as a hunting companion or gundog. He is a dog who loves comforts and companionship and displays a charming, good nature. They live to play and are heartier than their size may suggest. Tibetan Spaniels were bred by Buddhist monks who they served as companions, watchdogs and prized possessions. Known as the "prayer dog" he dates back to at least 1100 B.C. They first appeared in England in the 1890's but did not become popular until the 1950's. He may be an ancestor to the Pekingese, but his origins are very vague.

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