Tibetan Spaniel the ancient breed from Himalaya Tibet. This breed is considered as the ancient breed because it is estimated there are about 2,500 years ago. Some people believe that dogs are descended from various dog breed such as Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Japanese Chin, Pug, and Lhasa Apso.
The Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche said The Tibetan Spaniels are also called "Simkhyi", which means house dog, room dog or even bedroom dog. They are the dog of highest order and are being kept as Lama dogs or with aristocrats. The Tibetan Spaniel is a lively dog with a good length of nose.
Often mistaken between this spaniel dog and Pekingese. The difference between the Pekingese is Tibetan Spaniel has less abundant coat, face slightly longer and do not have an extra skin around his eyes. Tibetan Spaniel has a small dome-shaped head. Short blunt snout and free from wrinkles. Undershot tooth and have a black nose. For the coat color, Tibetan spaniel have all colors, solid, multi colored or shaded, including fawn, red, gold, cream, white, black and black and tan, often with white markings on the feet.
For weight, the AKC has set the standard around 4.1 kg - 6.8 kg (9 lb - 15 lb), while his height about 25 cm (10 inch).
The Tibetan Spaniel is a an unequivocal, cheerful, happy, attractive, very smart and can trust. This breed is able to be a good family companion, very independent and capable enough to be a watchdog. The most important thing to socialize Tibbies at an earlier age against various of people and circumstances. This breed tends to protect their families. Even after socialization, they are usually alone when there is a stranger. If startled or agitated, a Tibbie will express their distrust by barking like a loud alarm.
If you live in an apartment, this dog would be fine. Tibetan spaniel relatively active even though being indoors and do not have a yard.
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