where they lived in the Temples and were occasionally given as a gift to the Emperors of China. Once they were in China they were crossed with the Pekinese to become the breed we recognise today. They arrived in Britain after 1912, but they were not given recognition until 1949. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that they were recognised in America.
They are one of the most popular breed of dogs in America where they rank number 26 in the 2008 American Kennel Club statistics. They are recognize mostly for their coats which are very different from other dogs. Many of their characteristics and habits come from the fact that they were brought to America after they came from Tibet. They are a very loyal dog, acting full of confidence when they are young and making a great family dog.
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They are good with children and are good with other pets. It is thought that they would do better in families with children. This is due to the fact that they are excellent watchdogs.
The Tibetan Spaniels have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
They are healthy dogs, having no known genetic problems. Unfortunately, they are predisposed to hip dysplasia. Tibetan Spaniels have been seen on television and movies as well as in feature movies.