Known affectionately as “Tibbies” and “Little Lions”, Tibetan Spaniels are one of three Non-Sporting Group dogs native to Tibet. Raised for millennia in Tibetan monasteries, these small, spirited dogs have served as companions, sentinels, and diplomatic gifts. The tradition of giving and receiving dogs as gifts with other Buddhist countries influenced the genetic makeup of the breed. They are “low-riders”, being slightly longer than tall. Their medium length double coat can come in almost any color and needs weekly brushing. They are astute, friendly, and active but with moderate exercise needs, making them well suited to city living.