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Tibetan Spaniel

Nickname: Tibbies

Breed origin: Tibet
Original purpose: Palace and monastery pet and watchdog.

AKC recognized: 1983
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 9 to 15 lbs
Size: Height: around 10 inches
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Color: All colors, and mixtures of colors.

General characteristics/temperament: The Tibetan Spaniel is gay, assertive, highly intelligent, active, and alert. They may be aloof with strangers, but are affectionate with their family and friends. They like to perch on high places to keep an eye on everything. They will bark an alert and have very keen eyesight with the ability to see great distances, making them excellent watchdogs. They enjoy attention and interaction with their owners, but can be somewhat willful. They are good with children and make great family pets.

Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? No

Intelligent? Highly

Known health problems: Progressive retinal atrophy, portosystemic shunt, allergies, cherry eye.

Recommended books for further reading:

Tibetan Spaniel (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

The Tibetan Spaniel: A Gift From the Roof of the World
By Susan Waller Miccio
Published in 2005
254 pages

Tibetan Spaniel (A Complete and Reliable Handbook)
By Susan W. Miccio
Published in 1997
93 pages

The Tibetan Spaniel Handbook
By Ann Lindsay Wynyard and Jeanne Holsapple
Published in 1986

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Tibetan Spaniel Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Tibetan Spaniel Club of America Rescue

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