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.