American Canine Association


Tibetan Spaniel


Dating back to China over thousands of years ago, the Tibetan Spaniel is believed to be of the ancient bloodlines of the Tibbie breed. The Tibetan Spaniel was kept generally with royalty, as well as used for helping with prayer and being a watchful eye. This breed is popular in the United States today.


The Tibetan Spaniel is a small breed dog with males and females measuring up to 10 inches in height and weighing 9-15 pounds in weight. This breed has a small broad shaped head, forming into a small, narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two large ears are pendant shaped and fall folded, gently alongside of their face. Their two eyes are medium in size, round and generally a light hazel to black in color. Their tail is medium in length, thick and curled up over onto their back, covered in abundant hair. Their medium length coat is soft to the touch and available in all colors both solid and combinations.


The Tibetan Spaniel is a wonderful choice of breed to any to all families, including growing ones with children. This breed is known for being loyal, loving, fun and affectionate. They are great with other canines and other pets within the home. This breed does require a firm and confident owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times and this breed can be difficult to housebreak as well. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. Due to their early duties back in China, this breed still has traits to bark often at things they feel are different or out of place; they believe they are warning and helping their family. Due to this trait, it is very important to consider all of this prior to adding one to your home if you are not able to keep a vocal dog within your living environments.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Regular, professional grooming is recommended.

Special Notes

This breed is prone to heat stroke and is extremely temperature sensitive. Please fully educate yourself about the Tibetan Spaniel prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care to your new family member. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or properly fitting leash and harness while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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