Incredible smarts and a headstrong streak is suggestive of many temperaments, while a knack for picking up objects with their front paws, plus a propensity to climb in order to be off the ground is monkey-like. Then again, that is what the breed was supposed to do in its native land: Climb monastery walls and roofs to keep watch for intruders (if one was spotted, an alert was barked to the Tibetan Mastiffs below who would “deal” with it). Feline qualities can be spotted in the Tibbie’s notorious independence. One Tibbie owner told us that the breed can have “selective hearing,” and won’t always oblige with what they’ve been told to do. Add to this fastidiousness and a proud (if not arrogant) bearing, and the trifecta of terrier/monkey/cat-like features is complete. What say you, Tibbie owners?
Tibetan Spaniels by Susan Harper