Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel


ORIGIN

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FCI
Tibet.

PATRONAGE

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
18.03.2015.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Companion Dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 9Companion and Toy Dogs
Section 5Tibetan breeds
Without working trial

KC
Utility
UKC
Companion Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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UKC
The Tibetan Spaniel is a very ancient breed and may have existed before 200 B.C. Differing theories exist regarding the breeds origin. One states they were descended from Pekingese given to the Tibetans by the Chinese. Another states that the Pekingese is descended from Tibetan Spaniels given as gifts by the Tibetans to the Chinese. The Tibetan Spaniel was cherished by the Tibetans as a bed dog and was thought to bring good luck. In the monasteries, Tibetans served as companions and, using their keen powers of sight, acted as lookouts, lying on the walls to bark a warning. It is said that these highly treasured dogs were given to Emperors or very important people as a tribute and were brought to England in the late 1800s. Tibetans are not true "spaniels," but were given their name to distinguish them from the Tibetan Terrier. The Tibetan Spaniel was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1992.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Small, active and alert. Well balanced in general outline, slightly longer in body than height at withers.
KC
Small, active and alert. Well balanced in general outline, slightly longer in body than height at withers.
UKC
The Tibetan Spaniel is a small, active and alert breed, with a moderate amount of silky, flat-lying coat that comes in a variety of colors. It is a well-balanced breed, slightly rectangular in proportion.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers. Alert, loyal but independant.
KC
Alert, loyal but independent.
UKC
Tibetan Spaniels are gay and assertive in temperament. They are highly intelligent and aloof with strangers.

HEAD

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FCI
Small in proportion to body, carried proudly. Masculine in dogs but free from coarseness.
KC
Small in proportion to body, carried proudly. Masculine in dogs but free from coarseness. Skull slightly domed, moderate width and length. Stop slight but defined. Medium length of muzzle, blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. Chin showing some depth and width. Nose: black preferred.
UKC
The head is small in proportion to the body. It is carried proudly, giving an impression of quality. It is masculine in males, but not coarse.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly domed, moderate width and length.
UKC
The skull is slightly domed, and moderate in length and width. There is a slight, but definite stop.

Stop

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FCI
Slight but defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black preferred.
UKC
A black nose is preferred.

Muzzle

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FCI
Medium in length. Blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. Chin showing some depth and width.
KC
Slightly undershot. Teeth evenly placed and the lower jaw wide between the canine teeth. Full dentition desirable. Teeth and tongue not showing when mouth closed.
UKC
Medium in length, blunt, with good cushioning. Free from wrinkle. The bottom jaw is deep and wide.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Slightly undershot. Teeth evenly placed and the lower jaw wide between the canine teeth. Full dentition desirable. Teeth and tongue not showing when mouth closed.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white, evenly placed teeth meet in a slightly undershot bite, the upper incisors fitting neatly inside and touching the lower incisors. They are placed wide and evenly between the canines. A level mouth is acceptable, providing there is sufficient width and depth of chin to preserve the blunt appearance of the muzzle. Teeth must not show when the mouth is closed.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark brown, oval, bright and expressive, medium size, set fairly well apart but forward looking. Rims black.
KC
Dark brown, oval, bright and expressive, medium size, set fairly well apart but forward looking. Rims black.
UKC
The oval-shaped, medium-sized eyes are set fairly well apart, and forward-looking. They are dark brown in color, bright and expressive. The eye rims are black.

Ears

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FCI
Medium size, pendant, well feathered in adults, set fairly high. Slight lift from the skull desirable but must not fly. Large, heavy, low set ears un-typical.
KC
Medium size, pendant, well feathered in adults, set fairly high. Slight lift from the skull desirable but must not fly. Large, heavy, low set ears untypical.
UKC
The medium-sized, pendant ears are set fairly high. They are well feathered in the adults. A slight lift from the skull is acceptable, but they should not fly. Large, heavy, low-set ears are not typical.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately short, strong and well set on. Covered with a mane or « shawl » of longer hair, more pronounced in dogs than bitches.
KC
Moderately short, strong and well set on. Covered with a mane or ‘shawl’ of longer hair, more pronounced in dogs than bitches.
UKC
The strong, moderately short neck is well set on. It is covered with a mane, or "shawl,” of longer hair, more pronounced in males than females.

BODY

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FCI
Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than the height at withers.
KC
Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than the height at withers, good spring of rib, level back.
UKC
The body length, measured from the point of the shoulder to the root of the tail, is slightly longer than the height, measured at the withers. It is well ribbed with good depth. The back is level.

Back

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FCI
Level.

Chest

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FCI
Good spring of rib.

TAIL

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FCI
Set high, richly plumed and carried in a gay curl or over back when moving. (Not to be penalised for drooping tail when standing).
KC
Set high, richly plumed and carried in gay curl over back when moving. (Not to be penalised for dropping tail when standing.)
UKC
The richly plumed tail is set high and carried in a gay curl over the back when moving. There is no penalty for dropping the tail when standing.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Moderate bone; forelegs slightly bowed but firm at shoulder.
KC
Moderate bone. Forelegs slightly bowed but firm at shoulder. Shoulder well laid.
UKC
The shoulders are firm and well laid.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs have moderate bone and are slightly bowed. Dewclaws may be removed.

FEET

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KC
Harefoot. Small and neat with feathering between toes often extending beyond the feet. Round cat-feet undesirable.
UKC
The small, neat feet are hare-footed, with feathering between the toes, often extending beyond the feet. Fault: Cat (round) feet.

Forefeet

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FCI
Harefoot. Small and neat with feathering between toes often extending beyond the feet. Round cat-feet undesirable.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well made and strong.
KC
Well made and strong, hocks well let down, straight when viewed from behind. Moderate turn of stifle.
UKC
Well made and strong.

Stifle

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FCI
Moderate turn.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The well-developed stifles show moderate angulation. The hocks are well let down. The rear pasterns are straight when viewed from behind. Dewclaws may be removed.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down, straight when viewed from behind.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Quick-moving, straight, free, positive.
KC
Quick-moving, straight, free, positive
UKC
Quick moving, free, positive and straight.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Topcoat silky in texture, smooth on face and front of legs, of moderate length on body, but lying rather flat. Undercoat fine and dense. Ears and back of forelegs nicely feathered, tail and buttocks well furnished with longer hair. Not overcoated, bitches tend to carry less coat and mane than dogs.
KC
Top coat silky in texture, smooth on face and front of legs, of moderate length on body, but lying rather flat. Undercoat fine and dense. Ears and back of forelegs nicely feathered, tail and buttocks well furnished with longer hair. Not overcoated, bitches tend to carry less coat and mane than dogs.
UKC
The breed is double coated. The coat is silky in texture, smooth on the face and on the front of the legs. It is of moderate length on the body, but lies rather flat. The ears and the back of the forelegs are nicely feathered. The tail and buttocks are well furnished with longer hair. Males tend to carry more coat and mane than females. Neither is to be over-coated, and no trimming, except for the bottom of the feet, or excessive grooming measures is allowed.

COLOUR

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FCI
All colours and mixture of colours permissible.
KC
All colours and mixture of colours permissible.
UKC
All colors and combinations of colors are acceptable.

SIZE

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KC
Height about 25 cms (10 ins). Ideal weight: 4-7 kgs (9-15 lbs).
UKC
Ideal height is approximately 10 inches. The ideal weight range is from 9 to 15 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI
Height about 25.4 cm (10 ins).

Weight

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FCI
Weight Ideal 4.1 to 6.8 kgs (9-15 lbs).

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Teeth: Overshot bite. Protruding tongue.
Forelegs: Very bowed front. Very loose front.
Hind Legs: Straight stifles. Cow hocks.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.
Color: Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.