Tibetan Spaniel

I am still in mourning the lost of my two dogs.  Both died in 2018.  I have convinced myself that I don’t want another dog, but for some reason I keep snooping the SPCA’s Facebook page and sneaking looks at  the puppies for rehoming in Kijiji.  Whether I get a dog again or not, I know it would be unwise in my  present state to run out and get myself a puppy.

The other day I came across a picture of a puppy for sale.  I fell in love.  I fell hard.  He was beyond cute.  It was a Tibetan Spaniel.  I decided to do some research and eventually decided to not adopt just yet, to give myself more time.  But since I’d done all the work, I thought I’d post the info on the breed in this blog.

First, here is a photo of the breed full grown.  I didn’t dare post the puppy in case I sent someone vaulting over to the Kijiji site in search of one of these beautiful little dogs to purchase.


The Tibetan Spaniel isn’t really a spaniel.  He fits in better within the Asian breeds like the Pekinese, Pugs and the Lhasa Apso.  The dog was originally bred to work in Tibetan monasteries.

Tibetan Spaniels grow to about 10 inches and weigh between 9 to 15 pounds.  Their life expectancy is between 12 to 15 years.

This is a happy breed.  They are frisky and curious.  They form an easy bond with their owner, but don’t take well to strangers, no doubt because of their original duty of keeping watch over those monasteries.  They are quite intelligent.  They enjoy playtime but because of their smaller size they don’t need an amount of exercise that would need to be provided to the herding and other working breeds.

They have a beautiful double coat, silky and flat, and they have a mane around the neck.  There do have longer hair on the ears, back of the forelegs, the tail and the buttock which may need a bit more tending, but a once a week brushing should be enough. They have a blunt nose and very expressive eyes.

There is a great variety of colour choices from tan to brown and even grey and black.