Lhasa Apso Information
The Lhasa Apso has a very long life expectancy of 12 to 18 years. This breed usually gives birth to 4 to 5 puppies. The Lhasa Apso is classified as a toy, or small dog. Females usually weigh 12 to 14 lbs. and reach a height of 10 inches, while males weigh 14 to 16 lbs. and reach a height of 11 inches.
Though small, elegant, and quite pretty, the Lhasa Apso’s original duty was to guard the monasteries and homes of the aristocracy in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. Despite its small stature and pampered appearance, the Lhasa Apso takes its job as a watchdog very seriously. The breed is highly intelligent and has a well-developed sense of sight, smell, and hearing. The Lhasa Apso is fearless, somewhat bossy, and has a “big dog” attitude. Lhasa Apsos are a very independent breed and can be somewhat strong willed. They are often found perched on the back of the sofa or any high place that offers them the best view of what is going on.
Lhasa Apsos, when they are not busy being dedicated guard dogs, are friendly and loving companions. They are somewhat playful, and their antics can be quite comical and humorous. Lhasa Apsos crave human attention, and love to spend their time in a favorite person’s lap. Overall, the breed is considered to be quite happy and adaptable.
The Lhasa Apso is suited to a variety of homes and lifestyles, though they are not recommended for small children. They can be quite possessive of their food and toys, and do not respond well to rough play or teasing. They do get along well with other dogs and pets, including cats, though they may be somewhat territorial in regards to their own belongings.
The Lhasa Apso requires gentle training and socialization early on, as its natural protective instinct can cause wariness or aggression. Training is also important to keep the Lhasa Apso’s independent streak in check, and to prevent the dog from forming bad habits.
The Lhasa Apso, always a watch dog, has a deep, loud, and distinctive bark that will have to be addressed early in training. The breed is also very sensitive, and has a tendency toward moodiness if it feels it is being neglected or treated harshly. Lhasa Apsos do not respond well to harsh discipline or loud voices.
Because they are so attached to people, Lhasa Apsos have a tendency toward separation anxiety. They are also somewhat strong willed, and can develop negative habits if they are spoiled or are not properly trained. Other behavioral concerns with this breed include barking, snapping, or... Read More