Tibetan Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Tibetan Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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Origin Tibet flag Tibet
Other Names
What other names does the Tibetan Spaniel have?
Simkhyi Tibbie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Tibetan Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Tibetan Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Tibetan Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Tibetan Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Tibetan Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Tibetan Spaniel?
Frequent: The Tibetan Spaniel is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Tibetan Spaniel Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Tibetan Spaniel weigh? Tibetan Spaniel weight:
9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Tibetan Spaniel? Tibetan Spaniel average weight:
12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)
Height
How tall is the Tibetan Spaniel? Tibetan Spaniel height:
10 inches (25 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Tibetan Spaniel average height:
10 inches (25 cm)

Tibetan Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Tibetan Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Silky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Tibetan Spaniel's coat?
Cream Red Silver Sable Tan Gold White Black
Grooming
How to groom the Tibetan Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Tibetan Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Tibetan Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Simkhyi?
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Tibetan Spaniel dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Tibetan Spaniel need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Tibetan Spaniel every day?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks. For example, oilier breeds may need to be bathed up to once a week. Because many of these breeds are short-haired, a nice brushing won’t do much to redistribute the oils, so while these oils do protect the dog’s skin from overdrying, they can carry a pretty pungent odor.

Tibetan Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Tibetan Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Aloof Independent Assertive Happy Willful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Tibetan Spaniel? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Tibetan Spaniel sensitivity:
Sensitive: Tibetan Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Simkhyi need? Tibetan Spaniel social needs:
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Simkhyi bark?
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Tibetan Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Tibetan Spaniels will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Tibetan Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Simkhyi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Tibetan Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Tibetan Spaniel has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Tibetan Spaniel bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Tibetan Spaniel do?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Tibetan Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Tibetan Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Tibetan Spaniel roam?
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Tibetan Spaniel have high prey drive?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Tibetan Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Tibetan Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Tibetan Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Tibetan Spaniel temperament with other people:
Tibetan Spaniels are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Tibetan Spaniels are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Tibetan Spaniel temperament with children:
Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Tibetan Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Tibetan Spaniel can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Tibetan Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Tibetan Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Tibetan Spaniels good office dogs? Do Tibetan Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Tibetan Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Simkhyi temperament with senior people? Are Tibetan Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.

Tibetan Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Tibetan Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Tibetan Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Tibetan Spaniel see the vet?
Frequent
The Tibetan Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Tibetan Spaniel dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Tibetan Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Tibetan Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Tibetan Spaniel live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Tibetan Spaniel: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Tibetan Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Tibetan Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Tibetan Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Tibetan Spaniel?
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Tibetan Spaniel dogs require per day?
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Tibetan Spaniel need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Tibetan Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Tibetan Spaniel's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Tibetan Spaniel drool?
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Tibetan Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Tibetan Spaniel. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Tibetan Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Tibetan Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a boat dog?

Not really

Tibetan Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Tibetan Spaniel be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Tibetan Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Tibetan Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Tibetan Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Tibetan Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Tibetan Spaniel have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Tibetan Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is Tibetan Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Tibetan Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.

Tibetan Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Tibetan Spaniel breed.
  • Shedding Level: Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Tibetan Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Tibetan Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Tibetan Spaniel History

The Tibetan Spaniel is an ancient breed that has existed in Tibet for more than 2000 years. The Buddhist monks treasured the dogs, deeming them too precious to sell, so the Tibetan Spaniels could only be gifted. They were mostly gifted to esteemed friends and royalty. The gifting of the breed to palaces and monasteries in China and other Buddhist countries, the exchange of other oriental breeds to Tibet, and the research of Schulmuth all give evidence to the modern Tibetan Spaniel as having common ancestral ties to the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese. Moreover, the breed was only loved and revered by the monks, but also commonly liked and lived among the villagers of ancient Tibet. The breed tended to vary more in size, with the smallest specimens being the most prized and sent to the monasteries, while the larger dogs would remain among the villagers. Whether they would reach their potential through a life devoted to worship among the ancient monks or as a workingman’s companion, the Tibetan Spaniel was useful and available to all Tibetans, regardless of social status.

Although having an eastern upbringing, by the late 19th century, the Tibetan Spaniel was making his way to the West, first to Europe and then eventually to the United States. Records indicate that the first one arrived in England beginning around the 1890s. However, there are some speculations around how exactly the breed arrived in England. Some people believe it was brought by a sailor, who had returned from a far-east voyage and brought the dog back with him in 1885. Another popular story is that the Tibetan Spaniel may have first arrived in the West accompanying missionaries returning from the East. However, regardless of how the breed actually arrived, it was only around the 1920s that England started to see real interest in the breed. Unfortunately, WWII brought any breeding of the Tibetan Spaniel, and many other dog breeds, to a near end. Due to pressures and expenses during the war, many breeders could not afford to maintain their kennels. Because of this, most modern breeds of Tibetan Spaniels found in the West can trace their heritage back to a single female dog names ‘Mughiwuli’. In keeping with the tradition of giving the dogs as gifts, Lady Wakefield, who came from an English noble family, was presented with Mughiwuli as a gift from the Maharajah of India. According to some evidence found, the dog was treated quite royally. For example, when it was time to breed, Sir Pratap Singh of Nabba insisted on sending her in his own Rolls-Royce for the journey to meet her mate. ‘Tashi’, a male Tibetan Spaniel brought from the Tashi-Gong Monastery in Western Tibet was acquired especially for the purpose of mating with Mughiwuli. In 1946, their union produced two puppies called Garpon and Potala, and these pups were taken to England and registered there and became the foundation of the English-bred Tibetan Spaniel.

The Tibetan Spaniel Association was formed in 1958 to look after the interests of the breed. By 1959, enough Tibetan Spaniels were registered with The Kennel Club, 58 of the total, so they were allowed to compete for Championship status for the first time. This would also encourage the breeding of the Tibetan Spaniel, however, their registration numbers remained quite low until 1955 when they started to increase to 165. Moreover, the first reference to the Tibetan Spaniel in America was in 1965. Further importation happened from the UK to the USA and the Tibetan Spaniel Club of America was founded. However, it was only in 1984 that the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed and placed it in the Non-Sporting group. Although breeding of the Tibetan Spaniel continues, their registration numbers grow only slightly and they are not exactly considered popular. They were ranked 111th of 167 breeds by the AKC.

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Tibetan Spaniel Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Anastasia from Australia

    Jun 5, 2020, 5:37:53 AM:

    Lovely smart sweet affectionate little dogs used by the monks originally. Highly recommend this breed. But they sure are stubborn. If they do what you ask it is a happy co-incidence. I have two now - they are so good.