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- Tibetan Spaniel -

Description: Description comming soon!
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 9 - 15 lbs.
Colors: All solid colors and mixtures permissible.
Coat: Moderately long and silky in texture; shorter on face and fronts of legs; feathering on ears, backs of legs and tail.
Temperament: Intelligent, assertive
With Children: Yes, good with children, he makes a splendid house pet.
With Pets: Yes, good with cats, other dogs and can learn to accept exotic birds. There could be some female-to-female aggression in groups.
Special Skills: Family pet.
Watch-dog: High, aloof with strangers and will bark long enough to attract attention.
Guard-dog: Low
Care and Training: Regular brushing of his silky coat will keep it clean and free of mats. Extra care needs to be taken during seasonal shedding. Trim hair between pads of feet, trim nails, clean ears and teeth. Bathe only when necessary. Needs routine walks and runs as he loves to romp outdoors and does his best when he has received a lot of exercise. Sometimes stubborn he may be hard to housebreak. He will benefit from obedience training. Puppies need to be handled when young.
Learning Rate: High, as he is a smart independent thinker and will requires a creative trainer.
Activity: High, but not hyperactive.
Living Environment: Does not make a good kennel dog. He is an indoor dog who will enjoy a fenced backyard. Care must be taken to have adequate fencing as he has been known to scale chain-link fences.
Health Issues: Progressive retinal atrophy, juvenile kidney disease, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, liver shunt..
Life Span: 15 - 16
Litter Size: 2 - 4
Country of Origin: Tibet
History: Tibetan Spaniels were bred by Buddhist monks who they served as companions, watchdogs and prized possessions. Known as the "prayer dog" he dates back to at least 1100 B.C. They first appeared in England in the 1890's but did not become popular until the 1950's. He may be an ancestor to the Pekingese, but his origins are very vague.
First Registered by the AKC: 1983
AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Class: Non-Sporting

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