meet theTibetan Spaniel


Training &Temperament

Though independent in spirit, Tibetan Spaniels are naturally clean and easily trained. If correctly and gently disciplined, they will readily obey a loved and trusted owner. A very intelligent breed, the Tibetan Spaniel thrives on human companionship and needs to be with people. Although outgoing and friendly, the breed may be aloof with strangers. Tibbies need only moderate exercise, so they are excellent in apartments, on the farm or in the suburbs.

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Did You Know?

The Tibetan Spaniel originated in Tibet.

The ancestors of the Tibetan Spaniel lived in the monstaries with Buddhist monks and were called "little lions", giving them great value and prestige (lions were sacred).

The Tibetan Spaniel, along with the Lhasa Apso and the Tibetan Terrier, is one of three native Tibetan breeds in the Non-Sporting group.

The Tibetan Spaniel can be found in early Eastern art, dating as early as 1100 BC and on some carved Jade pieces from 1644 AD.

As the Tibetan Spaniel breed became more highly regarded, the practice of sending the dogs as gifts to the palaces of China and other Buddhist countries grew significantly, and in reciprocity, more "lion dogs" were presented back to Tibet.

The Tibetan Spaniel was prized not only as pet and companion, but as a useful animal by all classes, acting as guard and alert dog.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Tan 018
Cream 076
Gold 091
Red 140
Sable 164
Silver Sable 286
White 199


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Parti-Color 038
White Markings 014