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Tibetan Spaniel

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Small dog with easy to maintain, silky coat.  Attitude is somewhat confident, intelligent and highly devoted to family.  When handled properly, exceptional with children and other dogs. Active and yet, minimal exercise requirements make them uniquely adaptable.

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: about 10 inches
Weight: 9-15 pounds Longevity: 15 years
Colors: all colors and mixtures permissible Coat type: double coat with silky texture
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Jaunty and alert, slightly longer in body than high, silky coat is long and profuse without being overdone
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: happy, alert, playful
  with Children: excellent if properly socialized and supervised with well behaved children
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally excellent
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: some attention to coat, regular walks, but generally good in quiet as well as more active homes
Temperament Notes: charming, inquisitive, creative and attention seeking
Training requirement: socialization, basic manners minimally
Trainer notes: Certainly a notable and loyal watchdog, a very helpful behavior but one that needn't be too enthusiastically praised in order to prevent anything beyond noisemaking with the arrival of guests.  Otherwise a well-bred and lovingly raised individual is likely to number among the best dogs one could enjoy as a companion.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: over 2000 years ago
Country of Origin: Tibet
Original Function: companion and watchdog
History: Bred by monks in the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet, the dogs never left except as treasured gifts to devoted friends.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hip dysplasia, liver shunt disorder
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Tibetan Spaniels?
  • Why do you have Tibetan Spaniels (show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Tibetan Spaniel?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Tibetan Spaniel?
  • How would you describe the ideal Tibetan Spaniel home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Tibetan Spaniel?
  • How do you assist or help Tibetan Spaniels in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:  - Tibetan Spaniel Rescue
    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Standard

    Breeder Ethics: - Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Code of Ethics

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