Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small breed of dog, originally from Tibet. They are known for their long, silky coat and unique coloring. They are energetic, affectionate and intelligent dogs.

General details

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog, usually weighing between 4 and 5 kilograms and measuring between 25 and 30 centimeters at shoulder height. Their life expectancy is usually 12 to 15 years. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), they belong to category 9, which groups companion dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Tibetan Spaniel is a breed that originated in Tibet in the early 19th century. They were originally used as guard dogs in Tibetan monasteries, where they were bred to be small and energetic, with a strong will and independent character. Although they also became loyal companions, playing additional roles as warmth providers for monks and royalty. Their majestic appearance earned them the nickname "little lions" and they were sent as gifts between palaces and monasteries. In the late 19th century, the breed was introduced to England, where it became popular with dog fanciers. Today, the Tibetan Spaniel is a popular pet all over the world, known for its unique appearance, cheerful personality and intelligent nature.

Breed characteristics

The Tibetan Spaniel has a small, compact body with a level back, short legs and a long, loose tail. They have a wedge-shaped head with a distinctive black nose, large dark eyes and small, erect ears. They have a cheerful, alert expression that contributes to their charming personality. They have a long, silky double coat with a wide variety of colors, from black to cinnamon, and can be either a single color or several colors on the same animal. They sometimes have white markings on their feet. The coat is shorter on the face and front legs, having greater length on the rest of the body. The Tibetan Spaniel is a friendly and affectionate dog. It is known for its playful nature and strong bond with its owners. They are intelligent, although their independent and strong-willed nature sometimes makes them difficult to train. However, with patience and consistency, they can be well behaved and obedient.

Common health problems

Like all dog breeds, the Tibetan Spaniel is susceptible to certain health problems. Some of the most common health problems in the breed include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, microphthalmia and retinal dysplasia.

Do you still not know the true nature of your dog?

Unlock the secrets of your pet's DNA with our two ranges.


Breeds + Physical traits


Health + Breeds + Physical traits

Get a 10% discount when you buy two or more kits from the same range.