Despite his name the Tibetan Spaniel is not actually related to the spaniel breeds that were bred as hunting and
gun dogs. The name was probably given because of the similarity to other toy breeds such as the Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel. This little dog does however hail from Tibet, where he is well-known as a treasured companion.
At one time, the Tibetan Spaniel had virtually disappeared in his country of origin, but thanks to bloodlines
having been imported into England since the 1890s, breeders there were able to help to preserve the breed.
The Tibetan Spaniel is now one of the most popular breeds in Europe, and was introduced into North America in
the 1960s where it soon gathered a devoted following.
The official Tibetan Spaniel Club of America was formed in 1971, and the breed was recognized by the American
Kennel Club (AKC) in 1984.
Tibetan Spaniels ~ Painting
by Maude Earl 1898
The Tibetan Spaniel, often known affectionately as a "Tibbie," is a loving, alert, loyal, happy and lively dog.
With his excellent eyesight and acute hearing, he makes a good watchdog and will often alert his owner to visitors
arriving well before they can knock at the door. He also loves to climb - perhaps a lingering consequence of his
ancestors duty as watchdogs on the top of the monastery walls?
This is not an aggressive breed, although they can be guarded with strangers until they are sure that they are
welcome. With their owners it's a totally different story - he loves affection and is happiest nestling up for a
cuddle on your lap.
Tibetan Spaniels don't need a lot of space for exercise and are therefore suitable for town living, as long as
they get a few walks every day. But one major point is that these little dogs need lots of human contact and
attention and cannot be left on their own for long periods of time.
Over all, this is a charming breed of dog that will amply repay your affection and will be a constant, loving
and faithful companion.
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