The Tibetan Spaniel is a small, intelligent dogs originating over 2,500 years ago in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet. They share ancestry with the Pekingese, Japanese Chin, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier and Pug. They are small, but sharp and alert dogs with expressive eyes and perky ears. Their fur is thick and double coated, with a cute tail that curves over their lower back. Tibetan Spaniels are happy, playful little companions. Watchful and alert, they make good watchdogs, although they are not prone to excessive yapping like some toy breeds. Tibbies tend to be somewhat reserved around strangers and should be supervised around children, but generally get along well with other pets.
Common Health Conditions
- Tibetan Spaniels are prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and may engage in destructive behaviour.
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD ) is a common condition in Tibbies. The disease is caused when the jelly-like cushion between one or more vertebrae slips or ruptures, causing the disc to press on the spinal cord.
- Brachycephalic syndrome is a pathological condition affecting short nosed cats and dogs, which can lead to severe respiratory distress.