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Lhasa Apso Information

Lifespan

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.

Temperament

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 nipping.

Care

Though not heavy shedders, the Lhasa Apsos trademark abundant coat does require some time and care. The coat is not woolly, nor is it silky or soft to the touch. In fact, the long hairs are quite resilient, as the coat was intended to protect the dog in harsh mountain climates.

If the Lhasa Apso is going to participate in the show ring, the coat should be kept as long and natural as possible. The long fur does have a tendency to mat and tangle, so frequent, almost daily brushing and combing is necessary. There can be some trimming to neaten up the feet, but that is the extent of the grooming that is allowed for show dogs. For Lhasa Apsos who are not participating in the show ring, many owners opt to have the dog visit a professional groomer for trimming or shaving. The Lhasa Apso should be bathed once or twice monthly, and may need the area around the eyes wiped with a damp cloth.

Like a small dogs, the Lhasa Apso will need its teeth brushed regularly. It will also need its nails trimmed.

Lhasa Apsos, despite their appearance, are actually quite hardy and sturdy. The breed is fairly healthy, though some ailments have been reported. These include ear infections and miscellaneous skin problems, including hot spots and dry skin. Ear health can be maintained with frequent checking and cleaning of the ears. Regular vet care is recommended.

Lhasa Apsos do not require a lot of exercise, though daily activity is necessary to maintain the breed’s health. The Lhasa Apso does well with short walks and play sessions in the backyard. The breed is fairly low maintenance when it comes to exercise, and does well living in apartment and condominium settings.

Training and proper socialization should begin when the dog is young. Independent and strong willed, the Lhasa Apso will need to know who is in charge. That being said, patience and gentleness are required in training, as loud voices and harsh treatment will not bring about the desired behavior, and instead cause the dog to become skittish and high strung. Training should be consistent, as this independent breed loves to test its boundaries.

The Lhasa Apso responds well to positive reinforcement and treats, and their eagerness to please their owners helps to move the training process along. This breed is very capable of learning advanced obedience, as well as a variety of tricks.

Owning a Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is another breed that can be quite pricey. It is extremely important to make sure that the dog is being obtained from a reputable breeder who can prove health and good bloodlines. There are many unscrupulous breeders out there who will cross the dogs with other breeds and then pass them off as Lhasa Apsos. Others will breed indiscriminately without attention to health or behavioral traits. Many of the various clubs dedicated to the breed can provide information about breeders who use safe practices on their websites. Nevertheless, it is important to research the breeder.

There are not many purebred Lhasa Apsos found in shelters or animal rescue groups, though there are some organizations dedicated specifically to rescuing the breed or taking in pet surrenders. These organizations exist for the sole purpose of re-homing abandoned, surrendered, or rescued Lhasa Apsos.

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