The Tibetan Spaniel is a very intelligent and alert breed but are not as yappy as other small breeds. They are excellent as lapdogs and even as guard dogs. They love to be around their humans and are usually playful and happy. Tibbies are often described as big dogs in small bodies as they are confident and bright. They have a resemblance with the Pekingese and has a blunt nose like other Asian breeds. Minimum grooming is needed to maintain their long, straight, and silky coats and they only need moderate exercise.
Origin of the Tibetan Spaniel
The Tibetan Spaniel or Tibbies originated from the Himalayan mountains of Tibet for at least 2,000 years ago. They can be found in ancient arts from way back 1100 BC and was brought to England in 1898. Tibbies were also called “Simkhyi”, meaning housedog or bedroom dog in Tibet. They were originally bred and raised by Buddhist monks and lamas as companions in monasteries. These small canines were referred to as “little lions” because of the thick fur around its neck resembling that of a lion. Tibetan Spaniel were used as watchdogs together with their Tibetan Mastiff relatives.
Is a Tibetan Spaniel right for me?
If the Tibetan Spaniel is your breed of choice, you have a loving friend and a bodyguard in one. These incredible little lions will not only keep your bed warm, they will surely warm your heart too.
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