The Tibetan Spaniel has several characteristics which are unique in the dog world. This is still a primitive breed, as marked by the fact that the Tibetan Spaniel bitch has a single estrus per year. Tibbies tend to mature slowly for a small dog.
The Tibetan Spaniel keeps its double coat all year, with little shedding until spring/summer (depending on your climate). Whelping bitches may “blow” their coats twice a year. During shedding, a Tibetan Spaniel requires regular brushing.
Tibbies do not require a lot of exercise and prefer to lie around most of the day peering out a window making sure nothing passes by the house without notice.
The Tibetan Spaniel by nature is a “watch” dog, and was used to warn the larger Tibetan Mastiffs of intruders. Their natural instinctive ability makes them an excellent home protector by warning their owners of someone or something on their property. They are patient with children, when children and puppy are taught to be considerate of each other.
Many people have never even heard of a Tibetan Spaniel, much less seen one. We answer some of the most common questions – FAQ that people have when researching the breed. Another helpful article is Why a Tibbie May NOT Be the Right Dog for You.