Featuring the Tibetan Spaniel dog breed figurines, gifts and collectibles. The Tibetan Spaniel is an assertive, small, intelligent, cat-like, dog originating from the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. The breed is not a true Spaniel as Spaniels are gun dogs. They were bred by the Tibetan Monks to be companion dogs. Their keen eyesight and ability to see great distances made them excellent watchdogs.