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Height: Up to 10”
Weight: 10-15 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Tibetan Spaniel in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Tibetan Spaniel breed is generally healthy, but poor breeding practices can result in medical problems. Some known conditions affect this breed, and you need to be aware of them as well. Some of these conditions include cherry eye, portosystemic shunts, patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, and hernias.
Cherry eye is a condition in which the third eyelid becomes swollen. This results in the protrusion of the corner of your pup’s eye. This condition is not painful and is only a cosmetic concern.
Portosystemic shunts or PSS is a condition where the blood flow is not normal around the liver. This can affect the way that the liver works and interrupt proper body functions.
Patellar luxation is a knee dislocation and can cause your pet to experience pain in the area. Sometimes, luxation is the result of a loose knee, which may continue to be a problem time and time again.
Progressive retinal atrophy is a genetic disease that affects the eyes in your pup. The disease is a result of degeneration of the retina, which ultimately leads to blindness.
Hip dysplasia is the incorrect formation of the hip joint and socket, which leads to pain in your pup. This condition can cause arthritis and can cause crippling in your pup’s limbs.
Lastly, your Tibetan Spaniel may be prone to hernias, as this breed is. These hernias can occur anywhere in your pup’s body, so proper veterinarian checkups are required.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Tibetan Spaniel is known as a dog that is fearless, loving, and proud. You will find that this pup is bold and extremely confident. Your Tibetan Spaniel will not back down easily and will run head on into anything new because he or she is not timid.
You will find that this breed is very loving and affectionate. In fact, your pup will try to cuddle with you whenever he or she gets a chance, and you will often find your pup curled up by your feet or somewhere near you.
This pup likes to be part of the family and does well around children and other pets. It is always important to watch young children around your pup so that neither your pup or child gets injured.
Your Tibetan Spaniel is not a watchdog but is quiet and reserved and around strangers. It is important to make sure that you properly socialize your pup from a young age so that he or she will not be too timid.
One important personality trait that you need to know is that the Tibetan Spaniel will often try to become the pack leader.This means you need to work hard to remain the alpha. If you do not present yourself as the pack leader, your pup will become dominant over you.
This breed is not considered to be too active inside of your home, so it makes a fantastic apartment pup. You still need to take your pup for a walk during the day, and if you have a yard, playtime outside is best.
Training is considered to be moderately easy. You will find that your pup has an independent side and can be stubborn once in a while. You need to remain consistent when you train your Tibetan Spaniel. Remember, this breed responds well to someone who is firm and offers positive reinforcement. You want to avoid harsh training methods.
The Tibetan Spaniel has a beautiful double coat that is silky to the touch. This breed does not shed too much during the year but does shed his or her double coat once or twice per year, which can mean a hefty cleanup of hair is required.
You should brush your pup’s coat at least a couple of times per week to remove any loose hairs and free any tangles that may have formed.
You do not need to bathe your pup unless it is absolutely required. The silky double coat is self-cleaning for the most part. If you notice a patch of dirt on your pup’s coat, you can simply wipe it off with a wet cloth.
You do need to check your pup’s ears once per week and clean out any buildup of residue that may be lingering. You can prevent an ear infection by being proactive about your pup’s ears.
Your Tibetan Spaniel will consume anywhere between a 1/2 cup and 1 cup of food per day. You should split this into two meals and offer it at different times of the day. You do want to choose a nutritious brand of dry dog food and stay away from too much wet food, as your pup may quickly become obese.
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Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Tibetan Spaniel is a great dog for your home or apartment and you will find that he or she gets along well with children and other pets in the home. This pup has minor grooming needs, which is great for someone who does not want to have to groom their pup all of the time. Your Tibetan Spaniel is not too active, but does like to play outside once in a while. Early socialization of your puppy is important and will help ensure you have a well-behaved pup. This breed ranks a 1.
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