Features of the Tibetan Spaniel
There's a saying amongst we Tibbie folk, here's a
warning so take heed,
That once you have a Tibbie, you'll never want another
They were bred in Buddhist monasteries, high up in
Used to give the Monks some warmth and as watch dogs,
With cousins like the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso too,
You'd expect a lot of grooming, but don't worry that's
They have a lovely double coat which keeps them warm
It should be lying rather flat and finished with
It's said that they are part feline, is that because
And yes they are a sturdy dog, you couldn't call
Actually they're independent, that's why they're
like a cat,
They also have that curious streak, most Tibbies
are like that.
A breed that's slightly arrogant, their tails are
There's creams right through to black and tans, all
colours are allowed.
An apelike expression is the face we like to see,
With a scowl that's quite enchanting, a special trait
you will agree.
Comparing males and females should not be all that
The adult males possess a mane and strut around their
The girls should have a smaller head and may be dainty
The boys will 'drive you up the wall' when the girls
all come on heat.
They are known to dislike kennels but are partial
to your bed,
You must make sure you fence them in and stay one
Tibbies can be schemers and have a very high IQ,
They don't take long to learn some tricks and be
trained in something new.
But please don't let them off their leads they are
not the most obedient,
They'll try to 'get one up on you' if owners are
With strangers they can be aloof, a fact that's quite
They also have a stubborn streak and this they like
They probably won't come when called I know they
Unless I have a treat in store and show them what
This often makes me wonder why I give my Tibbies
It sometimes seems so pointless when they play their
I think this is their only vice and for this we must
I would not give them other ideas, to tempt this
could be fateful.
Tibbies love to talk to you in a language all their
In time you'll grasp the meaning, and recognise the
So if you get a Tibbie, it's a decision you won't
There'll never be dull moments, you couldn't have
a better pet.
by Pam Dunlop
Spaniels, Australia © 1998