Tibetan Spaniel Breed Information

Tibetan Spaniels are a member of the ‘Utility’ breed group. Dogs in the Utility group were essentially bred for a specific purpose and so contain a variety of breeds. The function they have been bred for is not included in the sporting and working categories.

Tibetan Spaniels are sensitive, happy dogs that are known to be quite independent and also occasionally stubborn, meaning that training can sometimes be a challenge. Training will require patience, but can be achieved using reward-based techniques. For more information on training your dog, take a look at our dog behaviour page where you can pick up plenty of tips to help you and your canine companion better understand each other.

Tibetan Spaniels generally get along well with everyone and will make good family pets. Grooming a couple of times per week is usually enough to keep their coats in tip-top condition.

Breed-related health problems:

Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Tibetan Spaniels are prone to include:

  • Luxating patellas – the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place.
  • Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye. Symptoms can start with night blindness and progress to total blindness.
  • Hip dysplasia – hip joint laxity as a result of poor development, which will eventually lead to arthritis.
  • Entropion – inward turning eyelids.
  • Distichiasis – a condition in which small eyelashes grow on the inner surface or the very edge of the eye, which can then rub on the surface of the eye, causing irritation.

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line.

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:

Tibetan Spaniels need around an hour of exercise every day and will happily join in with family games and activities.

Estimated lifetime cost:

The likely lifetime costs for a Tibetan Spaniel are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:

The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Tibetan Spaniel with PDSA:

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Tibetan Spaniels that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

*Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.

By insuring your Tibetan Spaniel with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.

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Average lifespan 13-15 years
Size Small
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Luxating patellas (the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place), Progressive retinal atrophy
Average price £300-£500
Estimated cost over lifetime £21,200-£25,400
Average weight 4kg-6.5kg
Breed group Utility
Minimum garden size Medium

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