Buying or Adopting a Tibetan Spaniel
By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018
Is a DOG really the right pet for you?
I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.
Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?
Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:
Is a Tibetan Spaniel the right breed for you?
Are YOU right for a Tibetan Spaniel?
Can you provide what this breed needs?
- Someone home most of the day
- Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
- No young children in the household
- Sufficient exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Tibetan Spaniel stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
- "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
- Brushing – moderate
- Trimming – every few months
- An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
- A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
- An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Tibetan Spaniels are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
- An owner who is okay with moderate/heavy shedding
- Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Tibetan Spaniel to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
- Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Tibetan Spaniel, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say
Should you get a male or female Tibetan Spaniel?
Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?
Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?
Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Tibetan Spaniel be?
Where can you buy or adopt a Tibetan Spaniel?
Tibetan Spaniels are not particularly common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Tibetan Spaniels rank 118th.
Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Tibetan Spaniel available from a Dog Rescue group. But few are turned over to Rescue because not many people own them in the first place. Also Tibetan Spaniels are not that difficult to live with, so fewer owners tend to give up on them.
Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Tibetan Spaniels are rarely found here for the same reasons listed above. Plus, Tibetan Spaniel Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Tibetan Spaniel turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.
Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Tibetan Spaniel from a show breeder, who breeds Tibetan Spaniels to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Tibetan Spaniel from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.
Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Tibetan Spaniel puppy should have:
- a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
- a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees
If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Tibetan Spaniel ends up with cataracts and bad knee joints.
Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Tibetan Spaniels are sometimes found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!
How To Choose a Good Tibetan Spaniel Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Tibetan Spaniel puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.
AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Tibetan Spaniel puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?
To help you train and care for your dog
To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.