Tibetanpei Spaniel

45-55 lbs
Tibetan Spaniel
Chinese Shar-Pei

The Tibetanpei Spaniel is a designer hybrid mix. The dog is a cross between the Tibetan Spaniel and the Chinese Shar-Pei..  He is playful and sweet with his owners but is characteristically reserved around strangers. His aversion to strangers makes him an ideal watchdog. He always remains ever vigilant. His natural wariness of strangers means that he must be socialized young so he forms a well-rounded temperament and is not solely focused on his owner.  The Tibetanpei tends to have a catlike personality and is extremely clean. His aloof nature means he is not an overly needy dog and tends to be rather independent. The dog usually grows up to stand 18 to 20 inches at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. He does not require a great deal of exercise compared to other dogs his size and can usually live happily in an apartment as long as he enjoys an occasional walk.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Tibetan Spaniel, Chinese Shar-Pei

Tibetanpei Spaniel Health

Average Size
Male Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats
Height: 18-20 inches Weight: 45-60 lbs
Female Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats
Height: 18-19 inches Weight: 45-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Demodicosis
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Pateller Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Cherry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hernia
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • Thyroid Panel

Tibetanpei Spaniel Breed History

The Tibetanpei Spaniel is a fantastic combination of both its parents’ personalities and nature. The Shar-Pei is considered an ancient breed from China. The dogs were bred by local farmers to hunt, protect, and herd. The bred’s bravery and intelligence were well respected and made them a popular dog throughout the country. The Chinese also bred the dogs to have loose skin so they could easily compete in dogfights. Unfortunately, when communism erupted in China and the nation became the People’s Republic of China, the government viewed dogs as a luxury item and set out to slaughter every dog in the country. Thousands of dogs were destroyed but a few Shar-Peis remained in Taiwan and Hong Kong. A few Shar-Peis were also imported to the United States to become foundation dogs in 1973 in an attempt to save the breed from being completely destroyed by the Chinese government. In 1988, the Chinese Shar-Pei was recognized by the American Kennel Club and entered into the Miscellaneous Group. The Shar-Pei has rebounded from its early days. In 1978, the Guinness Book of World Records declared the dog the rarest breed in the world with only 60 dogs remaining.  The Tibetan Spaniel comes from Tibet where the breed was used as watchdogs. It is believed that the breed is over 2,000 years old. The Tibetan people have always cherished the dogs. The breed was never sold but they  were often given as gifts. The dogs were popularly owned by Buddhist monks and lamas. They thrived in monasteries across Tibet. In 1889, the breed made its way to England and finally to the United States in 1966. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1994 and they were entered into the Non-Sporting Group.

Tibetanpei Spaniel Breed Appearance

The Tibetanpei Spaniel looks more like the Chinese Shar-Pei than the Tibetan Spaniel. The breed has short hair that comes in shades of tan, brown, or black. His tongue is typically purplish-black in color but it can be mottled pink and purple. The ears are small and a bit floppy. He does not have the excessive wrinkles of the Shar-Pei but he does typically have some jowls and a few wrinkles on the forehead. The excess skin around his eyes can be a problem, just like with the Shar-Pei. His tail is held high and often lifts up across his back.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Tibetanpei Spaniel eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Tibetanpei Spaniel nose
brown Tibetanpei Spaniel nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Tibetanpei Spaniel coat
black Tibetanpei Spaniel coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Tibetanpei Spaniel straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Tibetanpei Spaniel Breed Maintenance

The Tibetanpei Spaniel’s short coat does not require frequent brushing. A slicker brush can quickly remove any loose hairs. His skin can take on a bit of a doggy smell so he does require frequent baths.  The toenails of his feet should be clipped at least once a month if they do not naturally wear down from exercise. Some owner’s brush their dog's teeth a few times a week to remove plaque and keep the dog’s mouth smelling clean. His ears can get a buildup of greasy debris and wax, so should be wiped out once a week.
Brushes for Tibetanpei Spaniel
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Tibetanpei Spaniel requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Tibetanpei Spaniel Temperament

The catlike temperament of the Tibetanpei Spaniel is a bit aloof. He is not an overly affectionate dog, although he does love his family. The dog is usually fine with older children but care should always be taken with toddlers. He can be dog aggressive so early socialization is imperative. Owners should enrol their dog in an obedience class to learn the basics of doggy manners and for the socialization value. The Tibetanpei Spaniel is highly intelligent and will learn quickly.

Tibetanpei Spaniel Activity Requirements

The Tibetanpei Spaniel is a laid back dog. He does not require a great deal of exercise, unlike other dogs his size. A once a day walk usually meets his activity needs. He is usually happy laying around. Care should be taken that he does not get overweight because of his laid-back nature. He will sometimes play a game of fetch and he is always happy to please his owners. The Tibetanpei Spaniel doesn't bark much but he will start to sound the alarm if a stranger approaches or he hears an unknown noise. He is adaptable to apartment living but will be happiest in a home that has a safely enclosed back yard space he can play and explore in.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Tibetanpei Spaniel Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Tibetanpei Spaniel Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
Female Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 30.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 52.5 lbs
Female Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at 12 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 50.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 52.5 lbs
Female Tibetanpei Spaniel size stats at 18 months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 50.0 lbs

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