Lhasa Apso Information

Lhasa Apso History

The Lhasa Apso originated from the land of Tibet. The breed name comes from the city of Lhasa. From what we know the Lhasa Apso was bred in Tibet for over two thousand years and was only bred by holy men. The dog was once used as a watchdog to guard temples and monasteries. The Lhasa Apso was considered to be sacred and it was once believed that when the master died the soul of the man was then brought into the body of the Lhasa Apso. Even though they were seen as good luck to their owners they were very hard to get a hold of. The spread of the Lhasa Apso as a breed was thought to have been started by the Dalai Lama, who would present these little dogs as gifts to foreign diplomats that would visit him. The Lhasa Apso was first seen in the United States in the 1930s.

Lhasa Apsos' Appearance

The Lhasa Apso is known for its long coat that drapes over the body and touches the floor. This breed is known to be very elegant and resembles a Sheepdog. The coat can come in many different colors including; cream, white, honey, gold, smoke, and multi-colored. As a Lhasa puppy grows, the coat coloring may change. The hairs are straight and heavy. The hair should fall over the entire body even over the eyes and mouth area which looks like a mustache. The Lhasa has small dark eyes and feathered ears. This breed is considered a toy sized breed and low to the ground.

Lhasa Apsos' Temperament

The Lhasa Apso is known to be a very intelligent breed that is full of life. They are super friendly, and make wonderful companions. They are very devoted to their owners but will be suspicious of strangers. Lhasa Apsos are willful at times and will not tolerate badly behaving children. This breed responds best to an assertive owner who will be able to train them with motivation and praise. They are known to be great watch dogs and carry a loud bark. Lhasas travel well because of their small size. This breed is known to be very needy though. They need a lot of attention and truly dislike being left alone.

Lhasa Apso's Role

The Lhasa Apso will make a wonderful family dog. They love and need lots of attention. They will also make a wonderful companion to an individual looking for a little friend to spend days with. They are small, so an apartment would be just fine for the breed. They can be willful at times and will not tolerate small children who do not know how to behave properly. Young adults or children who have been taught the proper way to care for and play with a Lhasa Apso is recommended.

Lhasa Apso Characteristics

Grooming Requirements

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Energy

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Friendliness

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Training Aptitude

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Affection

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Ease of Training

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Intelligence

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Shedding

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Watchdog Ability

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Guard Dog Ability

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Popularity

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Size

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Agility

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Friendly with Kids

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Exercise Requirements

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Friendly with Dogs

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Friendly with Other Pets

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Cold Tolerance

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Heat Tolerance

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