Living with a Tibalier
Temperament: This is a very relaxing mix to be with. Tibaliers are gentle, laid back, and calm in nature.
Family Dog: This is a sturdy mix that is friendly with children, calm and gently in nature, and not nippy. Of course supervision with children is recommended as smaller dogs can easily be injured by rough handling. They tend to love the whole family, but will pick a favorite (usually the family member in charge of the treats and food).
Shedding: The Tibalier is considered a moderate to medium shedding dog.
Grooming: The Tibalier is easy to groom with a single weekly brush out. The coat can matt behind the ears if not cared for.
Training: As they love to please their people Tibaliers do respond well to consistent training but they can still be a little self minded and self pleasing. An excellent recall will take a good trainer.
Barking: The Tibalier reserves barking, but will warn of intruders and strange happenings.
Exercise: Tibaliers are playful and inquisitive. They require a couple of daily walks to expend energy and prevent weightiness and boredom. They love to play fetch and tug, and love to play with other dogs and pets. A Tibalier can exist with only a small yard and a couple of walks, but does much better when more is offered.
Physical Ability: The Tibalier is agile and playful, yet still very cuddly.
Living Conditions: This mix is made from two companion breeds which live to be with their people. The Tibalier is not a good candidate for those away from home a lot.
Appearance: The Tibalier is a mix of two small square muzzled small spaniel breeds similar in coat type - straight, medium length with flairings on the tail, legs and feet. With this first generation mix there is an undercoat. Tibaliers can come in any color, with sable being common. The tail is held high, but does not curl over the back. It displays drop ears that end just above the jaw line and a body that is slightly longer than it is tall. In height they should not exceed 13 inches at the withers.
Size: Tibaliers weigh between 12 to 20 pounds and should not exceed 13 inches at the withers.
Ears: The Tibalier has drop ears that end just above the jaw line.
Body: The body of the Tibalier is slightly longer than it is tall.
Tail: The Tibalier's tail is held high, but does not curl over the back.
Color: Tibaliers can come in any color, with sable being the most common.
Coat: Tbaliers have a straight, medium length coat with flairings on the tail, legs and feet. They do have an undercoat.
Life Expectancy: The average life expectance of the Tibalier is 12 to 17 years.
Characteristics: This is a mix of two breeds that have been bred for companionship for centuries . . . therefore, they are great companions. They tend to be cuddlebugs and love to be close, and better yet on a lap and in your bed at night. From the Tibetan Spaniel influence they can be slightly self minded and a little more independent in nature than a Cavalier Spaniel. They are friendly by nature to other pets and people of all ages. A steadfast fenced yard is required as both breeds are easily attracted to chasing, and are curious in nature.
Litter Size: The typical litter size of a Tibalier is 4 to 5 puppies.
History: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was developed in Europe from the mixing of downsized sporting spaniels and small toy spaniel types that came in through trade with the East. The Tibetan Spaniel was dubbed "The King Charles of the East" when discovered in the late 1800s. This mix was developed with the intent of producing pups with improved heart health over the purebred Cavalier.
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** Not all dogs being represented by this name consist of the exact percentages listed above.
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