Due to their breeding as companion animals for monks, Tibetan Spaniels (also called “Tibbies”) thrive when they are part of a family and are loyal to an attentive and loving owner. These dogs are good with children, other dogs, and cats. They shed their undercoat twice a year, and require only occasional brushing. While they do not need extensive exercise, they are not happy when left alone for long periods of time. Tibbies are a long-lived breed, averaging 13 to 16 years.