Lhasa Apso

The one, the only, the Lhasa Apso!


Behavior common of the Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is known for being a wonderful companion dog. They have big hearts and often bring great joy to whatever household they are a part of. They can be seen as somewhat clownish and strive to be the center of attention in their home. They love to make people laugh and are well known for finding their ways into a lot of mischief either on purpose or quite by accident.

Lhasa Apsos were originally bred to be watchdogs and still maintain that as a big part of their lives. Even though they are quite small, they are fearless. This why early socialization and training is very important to this breed. The more you can expose them to other people, animals and strangers the better time they will have adapting; however, even socialization  will not take the watchdog out of this breed and they are still likely to bark when a stranger is near or enters the home.

They are ideal for any type of home, big or small, and do not require a great deal of exercise. They can easily adapt to nearly any type of lifestyle and are just as happy to curl up with a person on the couch for hours as they are to go for a nice walk or run. They are not ideal for families with small children as they tend to be moody and possessive with toys and food and do not like to be teased.

Appearance of the Lhasa Apso

Lhasa Apsos are very small and very sturdy. They have very dense coats that are actually a double coat and the coat extends all the way to the floor. They also have a moustache, beard and hair that cover their eyes. They have very small ears and eyes and their eyes are most often brown in color. They are in a very wide array of colors and are often seen in white, honey or parti-color. They are not more than ten or eleven inches tall and weigh only about fourteen to eighteen pounds at the most.

Grooming your Lhasa Apso

Having a Lhasa Apso means you are going to spend a lot of time dealing with grooming. If you are not planning to have your dog as a show dog, you may opt to have the dog clipped so you can cut back on the maintenance that is required to care for the dog’s coat. If you keep its coat, you are going to have to perform combing and brushing every day in order to keep up its appearance and keep it from matting and tangling. Bathing is also needed frequently for this breed, about once or twice a month.

History of the Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso has a known history of starting in the mountains of Tibet. Started near the city of Lhasa, they were bred and kept by monks there as watchdogs. Their attitude, distinctive bark and wariness made them perfect for the monasteries to warn of any intruders. The exact origins of the breed are not really known, but it is thought to have originated from a mix of breeds involving young Tibetan Terrier sheepdogs who were too small to be good herding dogs. The dogs were long guarded by the monks in Tibet and rarely seen outside of this area until the early 1900s when it began to be bred more outside of Tibet.