Tibetan Spaniel

FCI standard Nº 231

Origin
Tibet (China)
Patronage Great Britain
Group
Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs
Section
Section 5 Tibetan breeds
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Tuesday 22 August 1961
Publication of the official valid standard
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Last update
Wednesday 24 June 2015
En français, cette race se dit
Epagneul tibétain
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Tibet Spaniel
En español, esta raza se dice
Spaniel tibetano
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Tibetaanse Spaniel

Usage

Companion Dog.

General appearance

Small, active and alert. Well balanced in general outline, slightly longer in body than height at withers.

Behaviour / temperament

Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers. Alert, loyal but independant.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Small in proportion to body, carried proudly. Masculine in dogs but free from coarseness.
Skull
Slightly domed, moderate width and length. 
Stop
Slight but defined.

Facial region

Nose
Black preferred.
Muzzle
Medium in length. Blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. Chin showing some depth and width.
Jaws and teeth
Slightly undershot. Teeth evenly placed and the lower jaw wide between the canine teeth. Full dentition desirable. Teeth and tongue not showing when mouth closed.
Eyes
Dark brown, oval, bright and expressive, medium size, set fairly well apart but forward looking. Rims black.
Ears
Medium size, pendant, well feathered in adults, set fairly high. Slight lift from the skull desirable but must not fly. Large, heavy, low set ears un-typical.

Neck

Moderately short, strong and well set on. Covered with a mane or «shawl» of longer hair, more pronounced in dogs than bitches.

Body

Body
Slightly longer from withers to root of tail than the height at withers.
Back
Level.
Ribs
Good spring of rib.

Tail

Set high, richly plumed and carried in a gay curl or over back when moving. (Not to be penalised for drooping tail when standing).

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Moderate bone; forelegs slightly bowed but firm at shoulder.
Shoulders
Well laid.

Hindquarters

Generality
Well made and strong.
Stifle
Moderate turn.
Hock
Welllet down, straight when viewed from behind.

Feet

Harefoot. Small and neat with feathering between toes often extending beyond the feet. Round cat-feet undesirable.

Gait and movement

Quick-moving, straight, free, positive.

Coat

Hair
Topcoat silky in texture, smooth on face and front of legs, of moderate length on body, but lying rather flat. Undercoat fine and dense. Ears and back of forelegs nicely feathered, tail and buttocks well furnished with longer hair. Not overcoated, bitches tendto carry less coat and mane than dogs.
Colour
All colours and mixture of colours permissible.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Height about 25.4 cm (10 ins).
Weight
Ideal 4.1 to 6.8 kgs (9-15 lbs).

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy dogs.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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