Tibetan Spaniel

Racial origin
Tibetan Spaniel has centuries tradition in Tibet. It is a temple dog like Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier and Shih Tzu. There is still doubt about who was the original temple dog. Tibetan Spaniel is not really any spaniel, it is just a name that was put on it when it made its entry in England with returned missionaries in the early 1900's. Different breeds within the term "temple dogs" was exported to Europe. They got their name by which other races they were "most equal"; hence the name Tibetan Spaniel. Or Jemtse Apso - as it is called in their mother language.

Tibbie as a guard dog

The Tibetan spaniel lived mostly in monasteries in Tibet. Where was it a good watchdog and pleasant company for the monks, besides that it was used to drive the prayer wheels for leisurely landscaped monks. The dogs also had a religious / mythological symbolic value. Including "chase away evil spirits." To begin with, the breed had no success in Europe, but after a certain time it was well established. It is today one of our most popular miniature dogs, alert, agile and intelligent - a superb family dog!

A small breed
Although tibbies is a small breed - it loves to go hiking. Long walks in the woods is one of its favorite activities. The small breeds often have the word on to be "yap mongrel." This is not the case with a tibbie; they alerts when someone comes, but it doesn't bark at all hours. It is a big dog in a small body.

A healthy breed
Small Breeds often has easy to get a higher life expectancy than their larger fellow species - so does the Tibetan Spaniel. Not infrequently one hears about individuals who are 14-16 years. In other words, the tibbie is a healthy breed.

Have you first bought one tibbie, you become dependent and would like to have several. And several.