Small but active and alert, the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed hails from mountainous Tibet, where he served as a companion and watchdog.
There are Top 10 interesting facts about Tibetan Spaniel.
1) Bred by Monks
Tibetan Spaniels are indeed from Tibet. They lived (and still live) in Tibetan monasteries with monks and lamas (priests). They were referred to as "little lions," a title of great honor, since lions are considered sacred in Buddhism.
2) They might be not Spaniels
Tibetan Spaniels don't share any common ancestry with the traditional spaniel breeds, most of which were bred to be gun dogs. The misnomer, spaniel, in this case, came from the French word epagnuel which, in the Middle Ages, referred to a companion dog and comforter loved by the woman of European and Oriental courts.
The dog is sometimes referred to as a "Tibbie" by Tibetan Spaniel aficionados. The breed is known for its stubbornness and unique sensitivity. It is a dog that doesn't do well with obedience training but will eagerly be compliant with the right owner that touches its heart. In return, this dog seems to be capable of reading its owner's moods and will offer comfort when an owner is sick or upset. It's moods can range from playful to obstinate and everything in between. It has a wonderfully expressive face that can easily convey the mood of the dog.
4) Extremely Rare
The dog is still rare in the United States where it can be difficult to procure and can cost up to $1000 or more. You can locate a breeder through different lists, but you most likely will have to wait to get a pup. Some Tibetan Spaniels end up in shelters because their owners didn't understand the dog's temperament and environmental needs.
In Tibet, Tibbies are referred to as “Simkhyi,” which means housedog, room dog, or bedroom dog. This is congruent with the Tibetan Spaniel's lifestyle of keeping monks and lamas company in their day-to-day lives.
6) Low Excercise Needs
Because of his size, Tibetan Spaniels can live pretty much anywhere. They do as well in an apartment as they would in a large estate. They make wonderful companions for seniors as they don’t need a lot of daily exercise. A daily walk and some play time will cover all his exercise needs. If you have a back yard, do not leave your Tibbie unattended. This dog needs to be with you and will be happiest when playing with you.
To keep their lovely coat free of mats and tangles, Tibetan Spaniels require regular brushing and combing. And be aware, they shed a good deal.
Sporting a silky double coat, the Tibbie’s fur is long at the ears, tail, back of the forelegs and buttocks, and smooth on his face and front of the legs. You can expect long hair covering the rest of his body and a mane around the neck called a shawl. The coat comes in many colors and patterns.
9) Guard Dogs
Tibetan Spaniels had the important job of being lookouts for the monasteries. They would sit atop the monastery walls and bark whenever there was an approaching intruder. Tibbies in modern homes maintain this instinct, alerting their owners when someone or something approaches.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that any human, or even perhaps a Buddha, could be reincarnated as a dog, such as a Tibetan Spaniel. Tibetans believe that dogs have an important purpose in spirituality. Tibbies often help lamas with their spiritual practice, sitting next to them or on their laps while they are meditating.