The Tibetan Spaniel is a small breed, and although bearing the brand “spaniel” it is not actually a true spaniel because it performs a different role (true spaniels are gun dogs.) The Tibetan Spaniel is slightly longer than it is tall, with a small, masculine head with a blunt muzzle and black nose. It also features oval, dark brown eyes with an expressive look, highly-set medium-sized pendant ears with feathering and a slightly undershot jaw. The moderately short neck is covered with a mane of longer hair and gives sufficient support to the head. The Tibetan Spaniel is slightly bow-legged with strong hindquarters. The legs are cushioned by hare-like feet with slight feathering in between the toes. The highly set tail is also well-plumed, typically carried curled over the back when moving. The double coat of the Tibetan Spaniel is made of silky topcoat with fine and dense undercoat. All colours and mix of colours are permitted.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
Similar to the other dog breeds that originated in Tibet, the Tibetan spaniel is also an ancient breed, originally bred by Buddhist monks and a revered symbol of Buddhism. Buddhist believed that the lion followed Buddha like a dog. With the Tibetan spaniel’s lion-like appearance, it became a highly regarded icon in Buddhist culture. Similarly, the Chinese also bred a lion-like dog known as the Pekingese which was often interbred with the Tibetan spaniel, most of which happened in Buddhist monasteries. These little dogs were efficient guard dogs, sitting atop the monastery walls alerting their masters when strangers or wild animals are nearby. The breed was also used to turn prayer wheel as early as 1100 B.C. In the late 19th century, the breed started to appear in England mostly thru importation, although it wasn’t until the 1890s that it was bred extensively. Today, the Tibetan spaniel is adored by its owners although it has been slow to gain a popular following both in Europe and in England.
The Tibetan Spaniel is small, yet active, alert and independent. It is typically suspicious of strangers which make it a good watchdog but in contrast, a very loyal breed to its family. It is fairly easy to train and can easily understand what is required of it, although it has a stubborn streak which requires consistent training which should start from an early age. It is not an excessive barker but will typically bark at intruders and things that may otherwise prove to be strange to the breed. This small breed moves fairly quickly.
The Tibetan Spaniel should be trained consistently due to its stubborn streak. Early socialization with other household pets is required in order to grow up with a balanced character.
Grooming the coat is quite easy where regular brushing should be enough. This breed sheds off its coat in clumps every year wherein it will require more grooming attention. The Tibetan Spaniel has almost identical feeding requirements with its other Tibetan relatives.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfectly healthy breed with no known hereditary health problems, owing this to responsible breeders and a long line of healthy, purely bred ancestors. This small breed has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. However, there is a concern regarding sensitivity to heat as this breed has a short muzzle, which, similar to short-faced canines is prone to overheating and respiratory problems.
A base diet that contains a mixture of horse meat, barley, white rice and beet pulp will do great for the breed.
Although exercise requirement is minimal, the Tibetan Spaniel will enjoy daily long walks or a free time to romp off leash in a secured open area. This breed loves outdoor activities and will be happy if taken for a stroll in the park. Relatively inactive indoors, it will typically live well in an apartment living and will do fine in even in a home without a yard.
It is very intelligent, coupled with a natural fondness for small children and an attitude that goes along well with other dogs makes for a good household pet.
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