Tibetan Spaniel
(AKC Non-Sporting Group)
Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog that looks rather like a Pekingese, but with a slightly longer face, less profuse coat, and no extra skin around the eyes. He is somewhat longer than tall. The dog should carry himself proudly. The top of the head is slightly rounded, and the medium-length muzzle is blunt. The expressive oval eyes are dark brown, and the nose should be black. A slightly undershot bite is preferred. The Tibetan Spaniel has a plumed tail curling over his back, feathered pendant ears and a soft, silky medium-length coat. The neck sports a mane of longer hair. The coat comes in many shades: gold, cream, fawn, red, white, black, and black and tan. May be solid, multicolor, or shaded. White is allowed on the feet only. This breed should have small hare feet with long feathering.


Dogs were highly prized in ancient Tibet, and were often given as gifts to royal houses. This practice spread dogs throughout Asia, and because breeding was not particularly discriminate, the Tibetan Spaniel is thought to be related to many other Oriental breeds, including the Chin and the Pekingese. Depictions of dogs similar to the Tibetan Spaniel have been found on Chinese bronzes from as early as 1100 BC. The Tibetan Spaniel was a companion and watchdog at Tibetan monasteries, sitting on the high walls and barking at any sign of intruders. The dog also reportedly turned the prayer wheels for his masters. Today's Tibetan Spaniel still likes to sit in high places to watch over his surroundings. The Tibetan Spaniel first was brought to England in the late 1800s. The breed received official AKC recognition in 1984. Now the Tibetan Spaniel is a popular companion and show dog.

Key Facts:



Perky and happy. Very smart and trusting. Sweet and loving to his family, and aloof with strangers. Protective of his family, and especially of children. A good watchdog that will bark at intruders and strange happenings. Not yappy. Rather insistent and willful at times.