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Tibetan Spaniel

BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
WEIGHT: 9 to 15 lbs
HEIGHT: 10 inches
COLOR(S): All colors and mixes approved.
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DESCRIPTION

The Tibetan Spaniel is not related to spaniels. This is a small dog that looks rather like a Pekingese, but with a slightly longer face, less profuse coat and no extra skin around the eyes. The coat comes in many shades, gold, cream, fawn, red, white, black and black & tan. They may be solid, multi-colored or shaded. This is a breed who love comforts and companionship and display a charming, good nature. Tibetan Spaniels live to play and are heartier than their size may suggest.

TEMPERAMENT

The Tibetan Spaniel is perky, sweet, happy, very smart, and trusting. They are protective with their family, especially children, but aloof with strangers. He/she is not a yappy dog, yet he/she will bark at intruders and strange happenings. It can be rather insistent and willful at times. This dog is a fine family companion, very independent and a good watchdog. It can move fairly quickly on its small, , usually getting along with other animals. These dogs can be slightly difficult to train. The female Tibetan Spaniel tends to come into heat only once a year.

GROOMING

Once a year their coat comes out in clumps. Regular brushing is needed. This breed is an average shedder. Regular brushing of the Tibetan Spaniel's silky coat will keep it clean and free of mats. Extra care needs to be taken during seasonal shedding. Trim the hair between the pads of the feet, trim the nails, clean the ears and teeth. Bathe only when necessary

HEALTH

PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), cataracts, juvenile kidney disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, and liver shunts.

EXERCISE

Tibetan Spaniels need daily walks and runs. They love to play outdoors and are at their best when properly exercised. It is important that they are always securely leashed and fenced. They will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised. If they are left alone for extended periods of time they will become bored and possibly destructive.

TRAINING

The Tibetan needs routine walks and runs as they love to romp outdoors and do their best when they have received a lot of exercise. Sometimes stubborn, the Tibetan Spaniel may be hard to housebreak. They will benefit from obedience training. Puppies need to be handled when they are young. Learning Rate: High. They are a smart independent thinkers and will require a creative trainer. Obedience - Medium to Low. These dogs are independent thinkers and like to explore. Problem Solving - High.



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