Tibetan Spaniel

Non-Sporting Group

Tibetan Spaniel sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

~10 in

Weight

9-15 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Tibetan Spaniel originated in monasteries in Tibet over 2,000 years ago where they served as guard dogs atop the monastery walls and as companion animals to the lamas. The "little lions" were eventually traded to other Buddhist countries and other "lion dogs" were traded back. It is likely that the Tibetan Terrier shares ancestry with the Japanese Chin and Pekingese.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Tibetan Spaniels will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★☆☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Affectionate and uncannily receptive to caretaker's emotions

Like to perch high on furniture and groom themselves like cats

Have a tendancy to run off and wander to go exploring

Intelligent, quick learners but can be stubborn

Love to bark- while chasing prey, if they're bored, or when they see or hear something suspicious- this makes them excellent watchdogs