|The "Good Luck" Dog|
The Tibetan Spaniel, not really a Spaniel, is probably
one of the oldest breeds, originating in Tibet. The Buddhist
monks considered him to be good luck. They were bred in
the monasteries, where they were used as companions, and
watchdogs. Perched right on the top of the monastery walls
their keen eyes could spot wolves and other dangers that
threatened the flocks of sheep, dutifully sounding the
alarm to the larger guard dogs.
A small dog breed, quick moving, active, gay, highly
intelligent dog, inclined to be aloof with strangers. They
were extremely popular with the ladies of the Oriental and
European Courts. They are a good choice for a family pet.
Upkeep is rather easy. Their silky, moderately long coat
requires minimal grooming. Exercise around the house
is sufficient, but a daily walk is always appreciated.
Height: about 10 in. (25.4 cm) at the shoulder.
Weight: about 9-15 lb. (4-6.8 kg).
Life Expectancy: 12 - 15 years.