Meet Xandee the Tiboodle, age 1 year and her owner Mariana

About the Breed

Xandee is a Tiboodle (50% poodle and 50% Tibetan Spaniel), also known as TiPoo. Being a hybrid breed, Tiboodles can take after one of the parent breeds or be a combination of traits. Tiboodles usually take the beautiful look of the Tibetan Spaniel mixed with the spunkiness of the Poodle. The coat can be silky in texture and comes in many shades, including gold, cream, fawn, red, white, black and black and tan (or any blend of colours). Xandee’s colour is described as sable.

Poodles are well known as hunting companions; the Tibetan Spaniel has a very interesting and little-known history. For the last 2500 years, these spaniels (they are not true spaniels) have earnt their way by guarding Tibetan monasteries and providing warmth and companionship to the monks. The spaniels worked in tandem with the huge Tibetan Mastiff. Using their exceptional eyesight, the tiny spaniel would warn the mastiffs of any approaching problem. And at 100kg, the mastiff usually took care of the rest.

The temple dog statues of Tibet are also modelled on the Tibetan spaniel.

Tiboodles are cheeky, lovable and very intelligent. They remain puppy-like throughout their lives and enjoy playing but also are happy with time alone.  They are a small breed, usually 25 – 35 cm in height and only 4 -7.5 kg weight. At 1year old Xandee is only 3.8kg. Their life span expectation is 15 years.

Tiboodles are low to non-shedding dogs, requiring brushing at least once a week. The Tibetan coat needs little grooming and sheds dirt effectively, requiring a bath only every 2-3 weeks. However, if they have the more dense, curly coat of a Poodle, it will require clipping a few times a year.

Why did you choose this particular breed?

One reason was that Xandee was related by direct blood line to our previous pup, a Schnoodle from the same breeder.

The other reason was their amazing two and a half millenia history and her irresistible little face.

Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people may associate with the breed?

Yes. The Tiboodle is a small, very soft coated dog of high intelligence. They are largely hypoallergenic and non-shedding. They are very easy to train and have a loving and inquisitive nature. One endearing trait is their tendency to ‘talk’ a lot, especially when they want something.

Any Tips for someone considering getting this breed?


Tiboodles are suitable as house dogs and are happy in the company of older people looking for a devoted friend, or families with children. Xandee loves children and she thinks that all the little children in the park ought to play with her. She does the play bow and barks at them the chase her. Large amount of exercise is not necessary, but they do enjoy daily walks and games.

How interested/good at training or obedience?

Xandee has been outstanding at training, graduating from Level 2 Obedience at 5 months old as the youngest – and the tiniest puppy! Xandee is one curious little pup, loves training, learning and having new experiences. She is very confident with the ability to figure out quite complex tasks by herself (e.g. puzzle toys) without even having to be shown!

Any tricks, skills or community work?

Xandee does the usual sit, stay, drop, touch, jump and fetch. One of her special talents is talking – she talks a lot! But her specialty – self-taught – is to hold open her window doggy door for her friends when they visit! All we have to say is “Go open the door!”

You can follow Xandee on instagram at @xandeethetiboodle