22-25 lbs
United States
Cocker Spaniel
Tibetan Terrier
The rare Kobetan is a hybrid dog of a Cocker Spaniel and a Tibetan Terrier.  The Kobetan is not as well-known as some designer dogs but has a sweet, family-oriented disposition.  The hybrid is considered a high energy dog but has varying degrees of intensity levels when it comes to activities.  The Kobetan may have a high maintenance coat but its sometimes hypoallergenic coat may not irritate allergy suffers in the home.  Given their thick coats, both parents have a high tolerance for colder climates and prefer the cool locales to the warm ones.  The Kobetan's size and exercise needs also makes it possible for this breed to live comfortably in an urban area or apartment.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Cocker Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier

Kobetan Health

Average Size
Male Kobetan size stats
Height: 15-16 inches Weight: 24-27 lbs
Female Kobetan size stats
Height: 14-15 inches Weight: 22-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Separation Anxiety
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs

Kobetan Breed History

The Kobetan is a small to medium-sized hybrid dog between the Cocker Spaniel and the Tibetian Terrier.  Both parent breeds make excellent companions, especially in homes where they receive plenty of love and attention. The Kobetan is not a well-known hybrid and is only recognized by two registries and competitive organizations; the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Dog Registry of America.  People who are considerating a Kobetan for adoption or who already share their lives with one can review the histories and character traits of the parent breeds for insight. Developed in England, the Cocker Spaniel is a descendant of the medium-sized sporting group of Spaniels and excelled at woodcock hunting; thus gaining its name.  The Cocker Spaniel proved a good field dog with a mild, in-home temperament, which made the breed ideal for families, and the breed caught the attention of American fanciers during the 20th Century.  In the United States, the Cocker Spaniel's show ring qualities were valued over its field ability, leading to a variation between the English and the American breeds.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Cocker Spaniel in 1878, but later in the 20th Century, a distinction was made between the American and the English and the AKC recognized the English breed in 1945. The Tibetan Terrier has a long history as a "Holy Dog" of the Tibetan Monks.  For centuries, Tibetan monks gifted their beloved dogs, which were never allowed to be sold.  A particular gift made to a Western doctor in the 20th Century first introduced the Tibetan Terrier to the world.  The Tibetan Terrier breeding program started when the doctor acquired a male as a gift some years later.  The destination of Terrier does not accurately describe the Tibetan Terrier, but the breed was neither a sporting dog or a hybrid.  The size of the Tibetan Terrier was the contributing factor in its grouping.  The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1973.

Kobetan Breed Appearance

The Kobetan is small to medium-sized hybrid with a thick coat of wavy hair.  The Kobetan's head is broad and in proportion with its body and the muzzle is medium-sized with a black nose.  The Kobetan has large dark, thickly lashed eyes.  The Kobetan's ears are triangular-shaped and flop down with a considerable feathering.  Long wavy hair covers the sturdy, compact frame of this hybrid and the Kobetan has a deep chest.  The tail has a significant amount of feathering and curls over the back.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Kobetan eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Kobetan nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Kobetan coat
brown Kobetan coat
fawn Kobetan coat
cream Kobetan coat
sable Kobetan coat
gray Kobetan coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Kobetan wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Kobetan Breed Maintenance

The Tibetan Terrier parent may add hypoallergenic qualities to the Kobetan, but also increases the shedding potential of the hybrid.  The hair on the Kobetan is long and requires weekly grooming to remove loose and dead hair.  A pin brush and a Greyhound comb are the best tools for the job.  Younger dogs need their coats brushed daily but afterward, the average Kobetan requires brushing a few times a week.  While brushing your dog, use a fine mist spray to help clean the coat and only bathe the Kobetan when necessary.  The ears have a significant amount of feathering and should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent ear infections and keep them clean.  The Kobetan does not have a "doggy" odor and is not known to drool.
Brushes for Kobetan
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Kobetan requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Kobetan Temperament

The Kobetan is an excellent alarm barker but is usually good with strangers.  However, certain lines of Cocker Spaniels may exhibit timidity.  Socialization is key to raising a confident, friendly dog.  Otherwise, the Kobetan is considered a highly affectionate dog for the family with a cheerful disposition and a fondness for children.  Older children who won't tease the dog are ideally suited for the Kobetan.  The Kobetan is fairly dog-friendly and will increase its acceptance of other pets with proper socialization.  When it comes to training, the Kobetan is a breeze and is always eager to please.  However, this is a sensitive hybrid who may develop anxiety if spoken to harshly or left alone too long.  Anxiety in dogs can lead to destructive and depressed behaviors.  Both parent breeds are active, playful sorts but the intensity of activity varies between the two and may create a range of exercise needs in the Kobetan ranging from steady walks multiple times a day to a good romp in the yard.

Kobetan Activity Requirements

The energy levels of the Kobetan are consistent but the degree of intensity may vary between dogs.  Regardless of intensity levels, the Kobetan is a playful hybrid that needs daily activity.  Some dogs are able to get all of their exercise needs with a few walks a day while others need to run and play a little more.  The Kobetan does remarkably well in apartments and urban areas if it gets all of its daily exercise.  The Kobetan also has a high tolerance for cold weather but is capable of living in warmer climates as well.  However, be aware of your dog's increasing heat stress in warmer climates as the dense hair is well insulated.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Kobetan Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Kobetan Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Kobetan size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
Female Kobetan size stats at six months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Kobetan size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 25.5 lbs
Female Kobetan size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 23.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Kobetan size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 25.5 lbs
Female Kobetan size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 23.5 lbs

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