Developed through the crossbreeding of the Pekingese, the Pug, and the Japanese Spaniel, the Tibetan Spaniel originally belongs to the Tibetan monasteries. The Tibetan Spaniels were considered to be the harbingers of good luck and were frequently offered as gifts to royal houses.
The Tibetan Spaniel possesses a small head proportionate to its body, emotive oval dark brown eyes, strong and well-developed hindquarters, a blunt powerful muzzle and hanging ears. The dog’s head is slightly rounded at the top and its feathered tail is carried in a gay curl over the back during movement. The Tibetan Spaniel has a smooth, silky, medium-length, flat coat in profuse hues and patterns such as gold, cream, fawn, black, red, white, black and tan. The neck of the male is usually covered with luxuriant long hair. However, bitches have less coat and mane than males.
The Tibetan Spaniel comes in all colors and mixes of color, although the most common color is golden.
An intelligent, alert and lively dog, the Tibetan Spaniel makes a good family companion and an excellent watchdog. They are extremely devoted to their owner and the family, and bark excessively at trespassers. The Tibetan Spaniel can cope comfortably well with apartment life and loves outdoor activities. Independent, friendly, and affectionate by nature, the Tibetan Spaniel can also remain reserved and completely aloof in the presence of strangers. The Tibetan Spaniel likes to be in the company of children and other dogs. Training this stubborn, assertive dog requires a little bit of patience from the owner.
Although the Tibetan Spaniel isn’t mostly affected by any major health problems, the dog might sometimes get respiratory problems.
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