Non-sporting Breeds

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 10 in (25.5cm)
Weight: 9-15 lb (4-7kg)
Coat: Moderately long and silky in texture; shorter on face and fronts of legs; feathering on ears, backs of legs, and tail
Color: All solid colors and mixtures

Despite its name, this breed is nor related to the spaniels and is not known to have been used as a hunting companion or gundog. The Tibetan Spaniel is thought to have been in existence long before the history of Tibet started to be chronicled in the 7th century, and its origins are therefore obscure. The exchange of dogs between Tibet and China in ancient times means that Chinese dogs, such as early Shih Tzu or Pekingese-like dogs, could have contributed to it. It has also been said that the Tibetan Spaniel as crossed with the Pug to bring about the Pekingese. The Tibetan-Spaniel was a favorite with monks, and it is said that it turned the prayer wheel of Tibetans. It is also said that it was used by humans for warmth. This charming, good-natured dog is rarely seen outside the show ring. It is intelligent, good with children, and makes a splendid housepet. It is energetic and enjoys a good romp, and its coat needs regular grooming.
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