If you’ve read all the FAQ’s here and think you can give a good home to a Tibetan Spaniel, then please contact the breed clubs page. The Tibetan Spaniel Association & clubs cannot recommend a specific breeder but they may be aware of any puppies that are available. There is a ‘Find a Puppy’ service available on the Kennel Club website at https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findapuppy/Default.aspx
No, because they like to be with their families, but can be left for a few hours once they are used to it. Check out the guidance on training puppies at the Kennel Club website https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/general-advice-about-caring-for-your-new-puppy-or-dog/puppy-environment/
They will do well on any balanced diet, whether it is dry food, wet food or raw. Your breeder will supply a diet sheet and will recommend ongoing feeding. A high fat diet is not recommended for this breed.
Have a look at our breed club page at http://tibetanspanielassoc.co.uk/breed-clubs/. Here you will find contacts of both the Tibetan Spaniel Association and the various clubs situated throughout the UK and indeed around the world. Here you are guaranteed to find someone who is enthusiastic about the Tibetan Spaniel and can answer your questions.
Generally Tibetan Spaniels are a very healthy breed. The breeders have worked very hard to make sure that only healthy stock are bred from. One inherited eye condition has been identified in the breed, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). Its’ incidence is rare. See our extensive description at http://tibetanspanielassoc.co.uk/pra/ It is recommended that you buy from parents who have a current clear eye certificate.
No dogs are 100% hypoallergenic. Tibetan Spaniels do shed hair, so if you are allergic to pet hair then you may be allergic to a Tibetan Spaniel. Perhaps a visit to someone who has Tibetan Spaniels would help you decide.
The breed standard for a Tibetan Spaniel is that they should weigh around 4.1 to 6.8kgs or 9 to 15lbs. The Tibetan Spaniel may weigh slightly more than this, but the key thing to be able to recognise is an overweight dog, some more advice on this can be found on the Kennel Club website at https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-owners/dog-obesity/
Tibetan Spaniels are a long-lived breed. They can live on average between 14-16 years of age, sometimes even older.
Tibetan Spaniels make a great family dog and do love children. In fact they will generally love anyone that wants to make a fuss of them! No young child should be left with a dog unattended and it should be remembered a dog needs it’s own space to retire to at all times.
No. Tibetan Spaniels are a very loyal and intelligent breed, they were bred as a watch dog. They are not the least bit aggressive with people and are generally good natured with other friendly dogs.