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Tibetan Spaniel (Lying, Side View)
Lying, Side View

Breed Information


2022: #127

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2020: #118

2019: #117

2018: #119

2017: #121

2016: #118

2015: #115

Name Tibetan Spaniel
Other names Tibbie, Simkhyi
Origin Tibet
Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:1983)

Companion Breeds (UKC)

Size Smallest
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years







Height 10 inches (25 cm)
Weight 9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg)


Black & Tan





Silver Sable


Litter Size 3-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2000 USD

Tibetan Spaniels is one of those dog breeds that are very hard to come by, and therefore pups of Tibetan Spaniels usually go for high prices of anywhere between $1,500 to $2,000. If you're buying a puppy, it may take a while to find a good breeder.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Tibetan Spaniel is good for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

The Tibetan Spaniel requires moderate exercise, which includes a daily, nice long walk. It will also enjoy a romp in the yard.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoProne to respiratory problems and heatstroke.


4 stars

Ranking: #46 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: This breed learns quite quickly. It can be slightly stubborn, so a consistent approach is key.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Tibetan Spaniel Puppy (Standing, Face)
Standing, Face

Tibetan Spaniel Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Bella
02 Buddy Molly
03 Jack Daisy
04 Riley Mia
05 Duke Layla
06 Zeus Angel
07 Beau Dixie
08 Louie Chloe
09 Gus Emma
10 Ollie Ella
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Tibetan Spaniel is slightly longer than it is tall. Its head is small in proportion to its body; its wide eye set gives it an "apelike" expression. The mouth is undershot. The gait is quick moving, straight, and free. The coat is double, with a flat-lying, silky outer coat of moderate length and a longer mane. The tail is plumed, and long feathering grows from between the toes.

The Tibetan Spaniel is independent, bold, and stubborn, but it is also sensitive and biddable. It has a happy attitude, enjoying games and outings with its family. It also enjoys snoozes next to its special person. It is an exceptionally enjoyable and fastidious housedog. It is amiable with other dogs and animals, but reserved with strangers.


This breed originated in Tibet. It is descended from dogs from China and other Buddhist countries. The Tibetan Spaniel is considered an ancient breed, being that there is evidence of its existence over 2000 years ago. Most small Asian dogs are believed to be descended from the Tibbie. Highly esteemed in ancient Tibet, they were often given as gifts to royal houses and the dogs were spread throughout Asia. Depictions of the dogs were found on early Eastern art dating back as far as 1100 BC. The dogs worked turning the prayer wheel for their masters and also as watchdogs in Tibetan monasteries. They would sit up on the high walls and bark at anything they believed didn't belong. The breed was first introduced to England in the late 1800s. It was recognized by the AKC in 1983.

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