Lhasa Apso

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The basics:
The proud Lhasa Apso may look like an impractical toy with its hair hanging in its eyes, but nothing could be further from the truth. This tough Tibetan breed was developed to guard an owner's house, and its superior intelligence, sharp hearing, and a natural wariness of strangers help it do a fine job. Even the long fall of hair was a practical adaptation, since it kept the wind and dust of its high altitude habitat out of its eyes. Buddhist monks kept these dogs, considered them holy, and presented them to visitors as a token of good luck. Beautiful but proud, this breed demands an owner who knows how to train a dog using respect, praise, and treats rather than trying to engage in a battle of wills.

When they first arrived in the west, they were mistaken for Terriers, perhaps because of their courage. The American Kennel Club shifted them to the Non-Sporting Group in 1959.

Appearance / health:
The head is well furnished with hair. The dark brown eyes are neither very large nor small. The ears are pendant-shaped and heavily feathered. The muzzle is of medium length. The nose is black. The bite is slightly undershot. The length from tip of the nose to the eye is one-third the total length of the head from nose to back of skull. The forelegs are straight and both forelegs and hind legs are covered well with hair.

They are average shedders. Brushing every day will prevent matting of their long hair.

Lhasas can be very content living indoors. Unlike many larger breeds, they usually do not need regular exercise to reduce nervous energy. However, even those Lhasas that have their own fenced yards enjoy spending time with their owners on a 15 or 20 minutes walk a couple times per week.

Lhasa is a healthy and hardy breed. The most serious hereditary disease in the breed is renal dysplasia, a fatal kidney ailment.

Behavior / temperament:
Lhasas are naturally wary of strangers and may bark at the sight of anything unusual. They are territorial by nature. They may sometimes resent it when their owners take away their toys or food. Owners need to be assertive with their dogs, as the Lhasa tends to treat its family as a "pack." Owners need to maintain the position of the "leader of the pack" or else, they may be difficult to handle.

Early socialization and obedience training are extremely important to prevent behavioral problems later in life. Firmness, consistency, and a good amount of patience are necessary for successful training. Positive reinforcement works better than harsh discipline. Varied training methods consisting of short, engaging sessions are likely to hold the attention of the dog rather than repetitive methods. Early training also provides a bonding experience between the pet and the owner that lasts for life.

Lhasas bark only when it is required.


constant companion, cuteness, friendly little guys, entertaining, affectionate, good watch dog


loud noises, strange people, SNAPPY, skin problems, huge barkers


long history, cute face, perfect size, short legs

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Lhasa Apso

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