Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner
Posted October 25, 2014
we rescued our dog Barkley from the pound when he was about five years old. I actually got to see pictures of him from when he first came in and he was a matted mess! We wanted a small, energetic dog because I have two small girls and they wanted to be able to play with the "puppy" but we didn't want a dog that was so big they could get hurt. Barkley ended up being a great dog for these reasons! He is very small, even for a lhasa apso at 7 lbs. but he is very durable in that he will play fairly rough with the girls but has never gotten hurt. (My girls know they have to be careful with him because he is small and we take the necessary precautions but Barkley has a tendency to rough house himself.) One thing I have noticed about Barkley is that, when he is around larger dogs, he expects them to be submissive to him. It's almost as if he has a Napoleon-complex.
Barkley is a very sweet dog and loves to sit on our laps. It's very rare that he isn't sitting on someone's lap while we watch TV in the evenings. He loves to give kisses. Everyone who comes to our house to visit comment about how sweet he is and asks if they can take him home! Of course, we always say, "No!"
Barkley is also extremely smart. He follows directions very well and, though he has had no formal training, he knows several commands.
We have had some difficulty potty-training Barkley. This may be because he was adopted at an older age. I do believe that, sometimes, his "accidents" are actually a way to get my attention when I am busy. He wants my attention all of the time and, sometimes, in order to get it, he will poop on the floor. Luckily our floor is tile but nevertheless, this is something I would like to break him off. I am not sure if this is a lhasa apso problem or not but I think it has more to do with the fact that he was five years old when we brought him home from the pound.
Another wonderful thing about this breed is that they are hypoallergenic and virtually shed free. He does need to go to the groomer every few months but there's no mess on the floor to clean up!
I have owned many breeds of dog over the years. In my opinion, the lhasa apso is a very sweet, intelligent, well-behaved dog. I recommend this breed to anyone looking for a lap-dog that takes very little time for grooming and loves to cuddle.