Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Tibetan Spaniel

Compare the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the Tibetan Spaniel. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Tibetan Spaniels.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Tibetan Spaniel are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Tibetan Spaniel are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Tibetan Spaniel are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Tibetan Spaniel has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel vs Tibetan Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog Breed
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielTibetan Spaniel
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan9-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height12-13 in.8-10 in.
Weight10-18 lb9-15 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedTibet
Origin Year1500 AD500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed14 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingMediumMedium-High
DanderMediumMedium
Drool AmountNoneLow-Medium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielTibetan Spaniel
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionVery LowBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielTibetan Spaniel
Lifespan
Lifespan9-15 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Dry EyeYesNo
Episodic FallingYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
SyringomyeliaYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameCavalier King Charles SpanielTibetan Spaniel
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Curly CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
BlenheimYesNo
RubyYesNo
BlackNoYes
CreamNoYes
GoldNoYes
RedNoYes
SableNoYes
Silver SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes