Showsight Presents the Tibetan Spaniel

“ALL COLORS AND MIXTURES OF COLORS ARE ALLOWED AND THAT IS WHAT ADDS TO THE BEAUTY OF THIS BREED.”

texture the coat lies rather fl at on the body. Th e coat should never be a stand o ff coat but the forelegs, buttocks and tail should be well furnished with longer hair. Th e ears are also nicely covered and the neck is covered with a shawl or mane. Bitches tend to carry less coat than dogs. Th e feathering on the toes can extend beyond the feet however; younger animals may not carry the toe hair called slippers. Slippers may not appear until age 4 and some never grow much toe fringe due to the surface they may be housed on. It is essential that Tibbies are shown naturally. Many breeders come to Tibbies from oth- er breeds and along with them they bring their old, familiar ring habits from those other breeds. If the coat of the Tibbie is correct all the brushing, in the ring, will be of no use. A correct coat will not stand once the dog shakes. Th e coat will then fi t the body once again. Ring presentation is of the utmost importance to the preservation of this natural breed. As stated in our standard;

presentation in the show ring calls for the Tibetan Spaniel to be shown in an unal- tered condition with the coat lying natu- rally with no teasing, parting or styliz- ing of the hair. Specimens where the coat has been altered by trimming, clipping, or by arti fi cial means shall be so severely penalized as to be e ff ectively eliminated from competition. Dogs with such a long coat that there is no rectangle of daylight show- ing beneath or so profuse that it obstructs the natural outline, are to be severely penal- ized. Whiskers are not to be removed. Hair growing between the pads, on the underside of the feet, may be trimmed for safety and cleanliness. Feathering on the toes must not be trimmed. Exhibitors have been told by judges, from time to time, to trim those feet. Th at is a “no, no!” All colors and mixtures of colors are allowed and that is what adds to the beau- ty of this breed. When you get breeders together and they relive the shows they have attended one sometimes hears, “ Th ere are judges out there that are color

blind.” I don’t believe they are color blind but would rather prefer to see it as judg- ing for breed qualities rather than isolat- ing by color. A quality dog is a quality dog regardless of its color and I truly believe a judge is looking for the dog that fi lls their minds eye as the most correct specimen when they judge on that given day. Whether you are learning about the breed, judging it or evaluating your own breeding stock make sure that this about 10 inch alert, active, moderate breed called Tibetan Spaniels gives a well bal- anced appearance, ranges from 9-15 pounds and is slightly longer than tall when measured from the point of shoul- der to the root of tail. In looking for the ape-like expression; with its dark brown eyes and blunt cushioned muzzle be sure to also include that aloof, quick moving and positive animal with the level top- line, double silky coat and richly plumed tail shown naturally. When you see it all: you will know you have found “ Th e Tibetan Spaniel!”

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