Tibetan Spaniel Dog

Tibetan Spaniel

Social, playful, friendly

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog breed belonging to Tibet. They have rounded heads with short muzzles and big eyes.

Tibetan Spaniel Dog

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 9 – 10 inches

Weight

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  • 9 – 15 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 15 years

Health Risk

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy

What is it?:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a genetic condition caused by the degeneration of the tissue of the eye which affects the retina.

% of dogs affected

10%

Clinical signs

  • One of the first signs is loss of night vision progressively
  • Dilation of both pupils
  • Decrease in the color of the pigment of the eye
  • Cataract formation
  • The eye may become gray with a glass-like sheen on it
  • Eyes may start to look cloudy
  • The dog may bump into objects because of unclear vision
  • The day vision degenerates and ultimately leads to total blindness
  • Reluctance in walking on stairs

Treatment

There is no permanent cure for this condition. Antioxidants are said to reduce the progression of this condition. Lutein which is a carotenoid supplement has been discovered but is only useful in the early stages of the disease. Vision loss cannot be reversed in cases and the only solution is to let the dog get used to the condition and adapt to their surroundings.

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Epilepsy

What is it?:

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where the brain activity is abnormal and can cause seizures, sensations, loss of awareness or unusual behavior.

% of dogs affected

10%

Clinical signs

The symptoms of Epilepsy in Tibetan Spaniels are:

  • Stiffness in the muscles
  • There is a spell of staring
  • Jerking in the arms and legs which may be uncontrollable
  • Unconscious spells
  • Symptoms of psychological distress such as fear, anxiety, and déjà vu
  • The symptoms of Epilepsy may have a particular pattern and repetition

Treatment

Epilepsy is not completely curable; it is only treatable. It is a high possibility that your dog may be on medication for the rest of its life. Antiepileptic drug therapy can be given to make sure that the epileptic episodes are reduced over a period of time. Various supplements such as Chinese herbs can be given to control seizures.

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Loyal

They may be aloof to strangers but they are very loving to their families. They like to be close to their owner and do not do well when left alone.

Alert

The Tibetan spaniel is loving towards their family but can be aloof to strangers. They are believed to be great watchdogs.

Intelligent

They are a smart dog breed with an independent streak. They love toys such as puzzles that help stimulate their brain.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Tibetan spaniel has a double coat that is silky and flat. The coat around their face has also earned them the name, lion’s mane.

Colors

Their coats can be black, cream, tan, red, white, gold and sable.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Tibetan spaniel has a coat which is short and does not require much grooming. It needs to be brushed a few times a week to keep it detangled and prevent matting. Their ears need occasional cleaning along with teeth brushing and nail trimming.

Training

The Tibetan spaniel is smart but can be stubborn while training. They need to start training at an early age for better results. They should be taught with positive praise and treats to keep them invested.

Tibetan Spaniel: Introduction to the Breed

The Tibetan spaniel is an old dog breed and is not actually a spaniel. These dogs were found in Buddhist monasteries and bred by monks to serve as watchdogs. They were also taught to spin the prayer wheels for the monks and were believed to sleep beside them to provide them warmth. Their existence dates back to 1100 via proof in various paintings. They were called lions because of their lion-like mane. In the 19th to 20th century this breed was brought to England from Tibet by missionaries.

Tibetan Spaniel Physical Characteristics:

  • Short muzzle
  • Small sized
  • Big eyes
  • Has an underbite
  • Lion-like mane

Tibetan Spaniel is Best suited for pet owners:

Things to know before deciding to own a Tibetan spaniel

  • The Tibetan spaniel is very social and needs constant human presence. They do not like to be left alone.
  • They are a loving breed but can be awkward around strangers.
  • The Tibetan spaniel has been said to have a stubborn personality but it is nothing that cannot be solved by training.
  • The Tibetan spaniels are not only great to watch dogs but also laidback when home.
  • They are great at adapting to an apartment as they may be active but they do not require that much exercise.

What should a Tibetan spaniel eat?

The Tibetan spaniel needs to be given food that is high in protein and nutrients. They should be given food that is appropriate for their size. Fresh water should be accessible at all times to keep them hydrated.

Conclusion

The Tibetan Spaniel may be known to be reserved with strangers but they are loving and caring towards their family. They need attention and do not do well alone. They love to be around their family and are very affectionate even towards children. They are the best choice if you are looking for a family dog that does not require too much space and can adapt itself to an apartment. They also do not have major exercise needs which makes them the perfect house pet! The only thing they require is good training to get them used to socializing.

Happy Mood and Health to your Doggo and lots of Love and Licks to you!

Sources:

  • En.wikipedia.org
  • Thesprucepets.com
  • Hillspet.com