is known of the origins of the Tibetan Spaniel but
it is thought that they were recognised as a distinct
breed both in Lhasa and at the frontiers of Tibet
and that they were of ancient origin and highly valued.
It is thought that they were bred in monasteries and
villages for many hundreds of years and may have existed
in a similar form for many years B.C.
has always been a remote isolated country and both
dogs and people led a very hard life. In the various
books on the Tibetan Spaniel there seems to be some
question as to whether the dogs were mainly bred in
the monasteries and/or the villages. It is thought
that they were kept mainly as household pets and watchdogs
and probably lived a more protected life than some
of the other Tibetan Breeds which may account for
the different types of coat and their high degree
is suggested that their liking for high lookout points
in their homes today originated from their habit of
keeping watch from the high places in the monasteries
or near their homes and barking to warn of the approach
of wolves or strangers. Similarly they like to snuggle
up to their human companions today as they probably
did in Tibet providing warmth and companionship in
what was a very cold and hard environment and during
long periods of meditation in the monasteries. There
are records of Tibetan Spaniels being seen tucked
into the capacious sleeves of Lhamas.
first Tibetan Spaniel recorded in England was in 1895
and the first exhibited about 1895.
1915 the breed had almost died out. Dr. Nancy Greig
who was a medical missionary in Tibet resurrected
the breed when she sent Tibetan Spaniels and other
Tibetan breeds home to her mother in Hertfordshire
in the late 1920's. Prior to the Second World War
there were supposed to be between 50 and 60 Tibetan
Spaniels in England.
breed was reintroduced into England in about 1946
with the arrival of Lama and Dolma owned by Sir Edward
and Lady Wakefield and Garpon and Potala (brother
and sister and full brother and sister of Lama but
in a different litter) owned by Col. and Mrs. Hawkins.
These four dogs together with Skyid the only remaining
descendent of the pre-war imports formed the basis
of the breed in this country.
blood lines were brought into the country in 1968
when Mrs. A. Wynyard (Braeduke) imported two litter
sisters born in India whose parents walked out of
Tibet with a group of monks taking refuge in India
from the Red Chinese. In 1970 a further bitch was
imported from Hawaii where she had been born. The
dam of this bitch was bred in Hong Kong, her parents
had come from Tibet and the sire was a dog bred by
Mrs. Wynyard in England. Mrs. Wynyard imported a fourth
bitch with English parents from the U.S.A. in 1977.
All of the Tibetan Spaniels today come from these
dogs and have formed the basis for the breed across
information has been gleaned from the books written
by Mrs. Phyllis Mayhew and Mrs. Ann Wynyard)