Dog Breeds – The Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel has a long and fascinating history, originating in Tibet, where they were kept by Buddhist monks as watchdogs and companion animals. These perky and happy little dogs are a popular breed with many dog lovers, and a great choice for apartment dwellers as well as homeowners. This breed tends to be good natured and gentle around people and other pets, but it is still important that they be properly socialized as puppies.

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog, standing just 10 inches at the shoulder and weighing just 9 to 15 pounds when fully grown. It is also important for dog owners to be aware of some health conditions to which this breed can be prone. Those health issues include eye problems, respiratory issues and kidney disease. It is important for Tibetan Spaniel owners to discuss these health concerns with their vets.

Grooming the Tibetan Spaniel is generally easy to do. This breed has a double coat, with a soft and silky feel and a moderate length. Some individuals will shed heavily once a year as part of the coat is shed. It is important for dog owners to brush their dogs on a regular basis to keep that soft and silky coat healthy and free from mats and tangles. A periodic trip to the groomer for a professional cut is a good idea as well.

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