tibetan spaniel breed information
common health issues
These personable little dogs were known as the “little lions” of Tibetan monasteries, where they kept their Lama masters company. Frequently sent as gifts to palaces in China and other surrounding countries, they were sometimes mixed with other native breeds, like the Pekingese. It was through such gifting back and forth that the Tibetan Spaniel of today appears as he does. Tibetan Spaniels not only served as faithful companions, they also were employed as watchdogs for the monasteries, alerting monks to the presence of strangers.
Tibetan Spaniels are compact dogs, standing about 10 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing anywhere between 10 and 15 pounds. They make for an ideal companion dog to any family, but thrive where they can get the most human interaction. This is not a dog who keeps to himself – he needs his family’s company. His diminutive size and similarly low exercise requirements make him fit to live just about anywhere, even a tiny apartment.
Tibetan Spaniels are true “easy keepers” with minimal grooming needs. Due to his watchdog heritage, he may be slightly aloof with strangers initially, but will warm up quickly and win every heart he meets.
Aloofness apart, Tibetan Spaniels may still be prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Tibetan Spaniels are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, microphthalmia and retinal dysplasia; and urinary conditions such as cystine urolithiasis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Tibetan Spaniel inherits more than just a gift for companionship, you’re covered.