Tibetan Spaniels in Warrenton, VA
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Frequently Asked Questions

How big will my Tibetan Spaniel be when he's fully grown?

When fully grown the adult Tibetan Spaniel should weigh between 9 and 15 lbs and should stand about 10 inches tall at the shoulder. Of course, there will be some variation in individual dogs, but this is a general guide.

What kind of food is best for my dog?

The ideal food for any dog is one that is as close as possible to the diet it would eat naturally. This would be a raw food diet, with a balanced mix of meat, bones and vegetables. It would not include animal by-products, or rice or other grains that are unnatural for a canine diet. Pre-prepared raw food can easily be obtained from good quality pet stores and from distributors on the Internet.

How much food does my puppy need?

Your breeder will advise you on the food the puppy has been raised on, and the quantities needed at the age you take him home. The most important thing is to carefully monitor his weight throughout his lifetime and immediately take action if he starts to gain weight. Just as with humans, a balanced diet and exercise is essential to a long and healthy life.

Do Tibetan Spaniels shed?

All dogs that have hair shed, just some shed more than others. As a relatively long-haired breed, Tibbies will shed quite a lot at times of the year when they are molting. But regular grooming and daily brushing will minimize the amount of hair that will get transferred to clothes and furniture.

Are Tibbies prone to any particular diseases?

They are generally very hardy little dogs, but some do have a tendency to develop eye problems - talk to your breeder for more details. The breed can also suffer from respiratory conditions due to their short muzzle.

Are Tibetan Spaniels good with children?

Although they may seem to be a good pet for children, like most toy dogs they are not really suitable, for a number of reasons. The main reason is that children, however well-intentioned can be clumsy and it is too easy for them to drop a fiercely wriggling puppy. Even falling from one or two feet can be enough to cause severe damage or, in extreme cases, death. For this reason, we don't recommend Tibbies for households with children under the age of nine.

How long do Tibetan Spaniels live?

With proper care and attention, a good, healthy diet and regular exercise, Tibbies can often live 15 years, or even longer.

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