The Tibetan Spaniel is small, active and alert. The outline should give a well balanced appearance, slightly longer than the height at the withers. Fault - Courseness of type.
Size, Proportion, Substance - Height about 10 inches. Body slightly longer from the point of shoulders to the root of the tail than the height at the withers. Weight 9-15 pounds being ideal.
Head - Small in proportion to the body and proudly carried, giving an empression of quality. Masculine in dogs but free from courseness.
Skull - Slightly domed, moderate width and length. Faults - Very domed or flat wide skull. Stop slight, but defined. Faults - Accentuated stop; without stop.
Eyes - Dark brown in color, oval in shape, bright and expressive, of medium size set fairly well apart but forward looking, giving an apelike expression. Eye rims black. Faults - Large full eyes; light eyes; mean expression.
Ears - Medium size, pendant, well feathered in the adult and set fairly high. They may have a slight lift from the skull, but should not fly. Large, heavy, low set ears are not typical.
Medium length of muzzle blunt with cushioning, free from wrinkle. The chin should show some depth and width. Faults - Long, plain down face, broad flat muzzle, pointed, weak or wrinkled muzzle.
Black nose preferred. Faults - Liver or putty-colored pigmentation.
Mouth - Ideally, slightly undershot with the upper incisors fitting neatly inside and touching the lower incisors. Teeth should be evenly spaced and the lower jaw wide between the canine tusks. Full dentition desired. A level mouth is permissible providing there is sufficient width and depth of chin to preserve the blunt appearance of the muzzle. Teeth should not show when the mouth is closed. Faults - Overshot mouth; protruding tongue.
Neck, Topline, Body - Neck moderately short, strong and well set on. Level back, well ribbed with good depth.
Tail - Set high, richly plumed and carried in a gay curl over the back when moving. Should not be penalized for dropping tail when standing.
Feet - Small hare-feet, dew claws may be removed. Fault - Cat feet.
Forequarters - Shoulder well placed. The bones of the foreleg slightly bowed but firm at the shoulder. Moderate bone. Faults - Very bowed or loose front.
Hindquarters - Well made and stong. Stifle well developed, showing moderate angulation. Hocks well let down and straight when viewed from behind. Feet as in front. Faults - Straight stifle; cow-hocks.
Gait - Quick moving, straight, free and positive.
Temperament - Gay and assertive, highly intelligent, aloof with strangers. Faults - Nervousness.
Coat - Double coat, silky in texture, smooth on face and front of legs, of moderate length on body, but laying rather flat. Ears and back of forelegs nicely feathered, tail and buttocks well furnished with longer hair. Neck covered with a mane or "shawl" of longer hair which is more pronounded in dogs than bitches. Feathering between toes often extending behond the feet. Should not be over-coated and bitches tend to carry less coat than dogs.
Presentation - In the show ring it is essential the Tibetan Spaniel be presented in an unaltered condition with the coat lying naturally with no teasing, parting or stylizing of the hair. Specimens where the coat has been altered by trimming, clipping or by artificial means shall be severely penalized as to be effectively eliminated from competition. Dogs with such a long coat that there is no rectangle of daylight showing beneath, or so profuse that it obstructs the natural outline, are to be severely penalized. Whiskers are not to be removed. Hair growing on the pads on the underside of the feet may be trimmed for safety and cleanliness.
Colors - All colors, and mixtures of colors allowed. Feet - White markings allowed.