Tibetan Spaniel is a small dog of about 5 kilos. For its special character and easy care it becomes a wanted companion of people who prefer a natural dog type. Despite it’s small size Tibetan Spaniel is an extremely resistant dog, otherwise it wouldn’t be able to survive in short but very hot summers and long rough winters in Tibetan mountains, where it comes from. It is mobile and relentless, with well developed senses. It can make long mountain hikes in every weather, but will be happy enough even with a city life. It adapts to any life style, but loves motion. It embraces a stable contact with the family, is an ideal companion and a family dog. Tibetan Spaniel is clever and very independent at one, and finds itself a real personality. With its intelligence, excellent memory and ability of putting itself in feelings of a person it can capture every dog admirer’s heart.

Standard F.C.I.

SECRÉTARIAT GÉNÉRAL: 13, Place Albert I - B 6530 THUIN (Belg.)

FCI-Standard No. 231 / 11. 05. 1998 / GB


ORIGIN: Tibet.

PATRONAGE: Great Britain.


UTILIZATION: Companion Dog.


Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs.

Section 5 - Tibetan breeds.

Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: Small, active and alert. Well balanced in general outline, slightly longer in body than height at withers.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers. Alert, loyal but independant.

HEAD: 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.


Nose: Black preferred.

Muzzle: Medium in length. Blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. Chin showing some depth and width.

Jaws/Teeth: 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.

Eyes: Dark brown, oval, bright and expressive, medium size, set fairly well apart but forward looking. Rims black.

Ears: 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.

NECK: Moderately short, strong and well set on. Covered with a mane or «shawl» of longer hair, more pronounced in dogs than bitches.

BODY: Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than the height at withers.

Back: Level.

Ribs: Good spring of rib.

TAIL: Set high, richly plumed and carried in a gay curl or over back when moving. (Not to be penalised for drooping tail when standing).


FOREQUARTERS: Moderate bone; forelegs slightly bowed but firm at shoulder.

Shoulders: Well laid.

HINDQUARTERS: Well made and strong.

Stifle: Moderate turn.

Hocks: Well let down, straight when viewed from behind.

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

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Quick-moving, straight, free, positive.


HAIR: 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.

COLOUR: All colours and mixture of colours permissible.

SIZE AND WEIGHT: Height about 25.4 cm (10 ins).

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

FAULTS : 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.

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