Showsight Presents the Tibetan Spaniel

“PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO EAR PLACEMENT. The ears should be set fairly high and may have a slight lift from the skull but never fly. They are pendant, well feathered, in adults, and of medium size.”

at eye level and slightly domed of moder- ate width and length. Th e dark eyes, oval in shape (almost triangular) meeting the well cushioned blunt muzzle of about 1 ½ inches, being measured from the inner corner of the eye to the tip of the nose. Th e bluntness of the muzzle assures the correctness of bite, being ideally slightly undershot but level mouths are permissi- ble providing the chin has su ffi cient width and depth to preserve the blunt appear- ance. Th e teeth should be evenly placed and the lower jaw wide between the canine tusks. Th e teeth should not show when the mouth is closed. If you should have a question about the bite please re- examine on the table. Th is breed does not care for their mouths to be examined so it is probably best to ask for the bite to be shown by the handler. When judging the overall look of the head on the table, cup your hands behind the dogs ears to see how the skull, dark brown eyes, ears and muzzle all fi t togeth- er. Pay close attention to ear placement. Th e ears should be set fairly high and may have a slight lift from the skull but never fl y. Th ey are pendant, well feathered, in adults, and of medium size. Th e black nose is preferred and with the eyes set fairly well apart gives an ape-like expres- sion. When judging the head in pro fi le, on the fl oor, the head should not be down faced, snipy, roman or long and narrow. Pay close attention when evaluating the

oval, dark brown eyes of this breed as you can fi nd specimens with blue marks or blue eyes in the breed, which is a fault. Also pay attention to a large full eye, light eyes or mean expression which detracts from the ape-like expression of the breed. To further complete the picture, the neck is moderately short, strong and well set on and the head may be carried high when on the move. Th e neck should not give a stu ff y appearance. Th e body should be well ribbed, with good depth, have a strong loin and a level back. Th e ribs should be well sprung, but not barrel and carried well back towards a short loin. Th e tail is set high, richly plumed and carried in a gay curl over the back when moving. Please check for the tail set when evaluating the breed on the table. Th e dog should not be penalized for dropping its tail when standing. Th e forequarters of this breed should be nicely laid back to allow for the brisk movement of the breed. For this rea- son the neck must not be too short. Th e

moderately short appearance of the neck is really brought about by the shawl or mane of hair. Th e moderate bones of the forelegs are slightly bowed but fi rm at the shoulder. Th e dog should not be out at the elbow and the legs must not be too bowed or too heavily boned. Remember moderate is the key word here as well. Th e feet should not turn neither in nor out but point straight ahead. With that said, young specimens may be a bit east- ie/westie when standing due to the lack of maturity; i.e. rib spring and depth of chest. Th e legs must be long enough to have a rectangle of daylight beneath the dog but should not appear leggy. Th e feet are small and hare-footed. Th e hindquarters are well made and strong with the sti fl e well developed, showing moderate angulation. Th e hocks are to be well let down and straight when viewed from behind. Th e dew claws may be removed, hare-foot as in front. Th e coat of the Tibbie is a double coat but silky in texture. Due to the silky

“The legs must be long enough to have a rectangle of daylight beneath the dog but should not appear leggy.”

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