Tibetan Spaniels are small, active, alert dogs with well-balanced appearances, and quick-moving gaits.
Lifespan: 10–15 yr
Height: 9–10 in
Weight: 9–19 lb
Tibetan Spaniels have minimal grooming requirements. Regular brushing (with special attention to the longest hair behind their ears and on their rear fringes) can keep painful mats from forming. Groomers must be advised not to cut the hair on their bellies or between their legs—called a sanitary cut—because it can cause severe itchiness. Occasional baths will minimize shedding and keep them looking and smelling great. Nail trims, ear cleaning, and dental care, including at-home teeth-brushing and professional cleanings, are also essential for good grooming.
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Feed Tibetan Spaniels a high-quality dog food that is appropriate for their life stage (puppy, adult, senior) and consider a diet formulated for small breeds. Portion out their food with a standard measuring cup and limit treats to no more than 10% of their daily calories to prevent overfeeding.
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Microphthalmia; ocular dysgenesis Retinal dysplasia