Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
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
Bella the Beggar, My History with a Lhasa Apso
From the first moment we saw Bella, jumping around in her playpen at the local mall's pet shop, she has been so full of energy. Don't get me wrong, this is not a crazy, barking, hyper energy, but more of an excited and playful enthusiasm. At 15 years old—almost 16 this August, Bella is still going strong. This energy is perfect for running around the house (never with barking), however it can become a tad bit annoying in certain situations. For example, almost every meal that takes place at the dining table is accompanied by the soft and longing whimpers of Bella sitting below (thus, our title). This is one of the times when her excited nature can become a bit irritating. But make no mistake, Bella is not ALWAYS excited. She definitely has her lazy days and her shy moments. On an unrelated note, Bella has shown a strong favoritism and almost obsession towards the leading male figure in the household since the day we first got her. Overall, she naturally seems to respond better to men over women. Also, she has always been a fairly quick learner. After using a doggy door for almost all of her life, Bella has adjusted surprisingly well to our new home without a doggy door. She is able to communicate to us whenever she needs to be let outside, which is pretty impressive given how she's learned this so late into her life. Bella is great around kids (familiar or not) and has always been one to lick strangers rather than bark at them. Bella has been an overall lively and faithful companion that we are lucky to care for. She acts exactly the same as she did when she was 3, only moving a bit slower nowadays. Although a bit annoying at times, Bella's begging is easy to forgive when her loyalty, affection, and playful spirit are considered..
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The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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