Tibetan spaniels are happy and assertive, highly intelligent dogs, who are aloof with strangers. They make excellent housepets for many people, including families with small children. Tibetan Spaniels enjoy attention and involvement with their owners, but have an independent nature and can be willful. They will bark to warn of strangers and strange occurrences, but are generally quiet. A fondness for sitting in high places is another feature of the breed.