Tibetan Spaniel

Description Tibetan Spaniel

Playful, reserved, idiosyncratic
The Tibetan Spaniel is an extremely lively and playful companion. At that time he was considered a temple guard and lucky charm in Tibetan monasteries. The males in particular have a magnificent coat reminiscent of a lion’s mane. That is why they are also affectionately referred to as lion puppies.FCI group: Companion dogs

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 4-7kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Coat Type: Medium Hair
  • Colours: cream, black, white, gold, red, black and tan

Character Tibetan Spaniel

The average height at the withers of the Tibetan Spaniel is 25 centimetres. This makes it one of the small dog breeds. Its medium-length coat impresses with its silky top coat and fine undercoat. It comes in all sorts of shades of color.
Its ears are of medium size and the head is rather small in relation to the body.

Its weight should be between 4 and 7 kg.
The nature of the Tibetan Spaniel is lively, friendly and self-confident. He feels closely connected to his caregiver, which is why he is considered a faithful and loyal companion. Despite this, he is independent and never behaves submissively. With strangers he is rather reserved and distant.

He likes to sit comfortably on your lap and loves to be petted. This may be because Tibetan Spaniels often sat on monks’ laps while they meditated.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a very family-friendly dog. He likes children and needs a lot of work. In general, the breed is easy to care for and easy to get along with.

So ideal for beginners.

Diet Tibetan Spaniel

Due to its low energy requirements, the Tibetan Spaniel does not need large amounts of food. However, you should pay attention to a high-quality feed with a high meat content.
The sensitive stomach of the four-legged friend is quickly overwhelmed by unfamiliar food. This can lead to diarrhea or vomiting. When you change his food, it is important that you get him used to the new food slowly and bit by bit.

Dry chews, dental care snacks and freeze-dried meat snacks are particularly suitable as treats between meals. To prevent overweight or underweight, you should weigh the adult dog regularly.
Sufficient drinking water should be freely available to your little friend around the clock.


Contrary to what the magnificent fur of the Tibetan Spaniel might suggest, it does not require intensive grooming. Brush the coat once or twice a week to remove loose hair and prevent tangles.
It makes sense to take a look at your four-legged friend’s lop ears while grooming. These often tend to get dirty and inflamed. There are special ear cleaners for this, and you can find plenty of tips on how to use them on the Internet.

As with most dogs, the claws should be checked regularly and trimmed if necessary. If you are dealing with a puppy, you can try to get him used to brushing his teeth. There are special dog toothbrushes for this. This ensures that the teeth remain healthy and cared for into old age.


As the name suggests, the Tibetan Spaniel comes from Tibet, where it is one of the so-called lion dogs of Buddha. However, he bears the second part of his name wrongly. Unlike the spaniel, he has no hunting instinct and otherwise has nothing in common with him. Genetically, he is closely related to the Pekingese, which he actually looks a lot like.
Already more than 2000 years ago the Tibetan Spaniel lived together with the monks in Tibetan monasteries.

It is still considered a lucky charm there and is treated with respect. For the monks he was always a faithful companion and guardian. Due to the close coexistence with humans, its faithful, loyal nature is also so strongly pronounced.
Despite its history going back several centuries, the Tibetan Spaniel was not officially recognized as a breed by the FCI until 1961.

Tibetan Spaniel Accessories

Eating and drinking bowls are of course essential accessories for your four-legged friend. He also needs a leash with a collar for the walk together.
Because the Tibetan Spaniel is an intelligent and playful dog, it requires a lot of exercise. You should always have one or two toys ready for him. For the resting phases that follow, he needs a soft basket.

He feels most comfortable with a sleeping place near his caregiver.
You need a suitable comb or brush to groom your four-legged friend. You need a special dog toothbrush and toothpaste for dental care.

6.4Expert Score
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