The flat, silky coat is an average shedder but will drop seasonally.
A very intelligent breed, the Tibetan Spaniel thrives on human companionship and needs to be with people. Although outgoing and friendly, the breed may be aloof with strangers. Tibbies need only moderate exercise, so they are excellent in apartments. Their double coats need weekly brushing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Tibbies are long-lived, adaptable companions who form an almost worshipful bond with their humans. If affection were an AKC sport, Tibbies would have a lock on the Master Snuggler title. Bred for guard duty on monastery walls, Tibbies still like finding a high perch, like a windowsill, from which to keep an eye on things. Calm and confident, they’re a shrewd choice for those looking for a manageable small dog with big-dog temperament. Tibbies are regally aloof with strangers but usually mix well with other dogs.
Tibetan Spaniel &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Tibetan Spaniels are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Tibbie can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.