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Tibetan Spaniels: the most honest dog breed review you'll ever find about Tibetan Spaniel temperament, personality, and behavior.

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Tibetan Spaniel Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em

By Michele Welton.
Copyright © 2000-2016

With his independent nature and quick agility, the Tibetan Spaniel has been compared to a cat.

Lively and playful, yet also calm and laid-back, this good-natured dog is easy to live with. He fits into an apartment or an estate with equal contentment. All he asks for in the way of exercise are daily walks and occasional romps in a safe enclosed area.

Tibetan Spaniels are family-oriented: they love to play games with their own people, are sensitive to moods and feelings, and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.

They are agile, sure-footed climbers (can often be found perched on the windowsill or the high back of a chair, looking out the window) and clever problem-solvers who often rely on their dexterity to get what they want. For example, they will use their paws to pry open a cabinet door.

Most Tibetan Spaniels are conservative with strangers and don't like being swooped down on by people they don't know. Early socialization is important to develop a confident, outgoing temperament. Most are friendly with other animals.

Though stubborn and self-reliant, the Tibetan Spaniel is also sensitive; obedience training should utilize food and praise.

If you want a dog who...

  • Is small and sturdy, with a short face and large expressive eyes
  • Has a thick coat that comes in a variety of colors
  • Is sensible and easy to live with -- sometimes lively and playful, sometimes calm and laidback
  • Needs only moderate exercise
  • Makes a good watchdog but is not aggressive with people
  • Is usually fine with other pets

A Tibetan Spaniel may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
  • Suspiciousness or timidity when not socialized enough
  • Stubbornness (mind of his own)
  • Regular brushing and combing
  • Shedding

A Tibetan Spaniel may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

More traits and characteristics of the Tibetan Spaniel

If I was considering a Tibetan Spaniel, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Separation anxiety. Tibetan Spaniels need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They become lonely and bored, which they are likely to express through destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day and cannot provide a canine playmate, this is not the breed for you.

  2. Providing enough socialization. Standoffish by nature, Tibetan Spaniels need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds so that their natural caution doesn't become suspiciousness or shyness.

  3. Stubbornness. Tibetan Spaniels have an independent mind of their own. Many Tibetan Spaniels are stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Tibetan Spaniel to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Tibetan Spaniel Training Page discusses the program you need.

  4. Grooming and shedding. To keep their coat free of mats and tangles, Tibetan Spaniels require regular brushing and combing. And Tibetan Spaniels shed a good deal.

  5. Finding one and paying the price. Fewer than 500 new Tibetan Spaniels puppies are registered each year. (Compare that to over 60,000 new Golden Retriever puppies.) And many breeders are charging $1000 and up.

book cover To learn more about training Tibetan Spaniels to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Tibetan Spaniel the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Tibetan Spaniel. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.

If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Tibetan Spaniel might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.

book cover Once you have your Tibetan Spaniel home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.

Please consider adopting an ADULT Tibetan Spaniel...

When you're acquiring a Tibetan Spaniel PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Tibetan Spaniels who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

Save a life. Adopt a dog.

Adopting a Dog From a Dog Breed Rescue Group

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