The Lhasa Apso is a wonderful pet, sometimes willful and sometimes can be lively, but they are all affectionate and affectionate. Originally from Tibet, this is an ancient breed that was raised for over 2000 years by nobles and holy men and was considered a sacred animal and was even used to protect monasteries and temples. In the western world, we can thank the Dalai Lama for this shaggy lap dog, as he often gave them away to foreign dignitaries visiting his country. The Lhasa Apso was first seen in Britain in the 1920s and arrived in the United States in the 1930s.
As part of the American Kennel Club’s non-sporting group, the Lhasa Apso was admitted to the AKC 1935 in the terrier group, but was later reassigned in 1959. By breed standards, the dog weighs 13 and 15 pounds and is 11 inches tall. High. The one from Lhasa can be quite long-lived and some live beyond 18 years.
This breed is characterized by its long fur that covers its entire body and hangs from the ground, making the dog look almost like a walking mop! The coat is very straight and heavy and even covers the dogs face as it hangs over the eyes and also produces a beard and mustache. The Lhasa Apso has dark eyes and feathered ears and tail that should be worn on the dog’s back. Most often seen in white, this breed also comes in smoke, slate, gold, cream, black, honey, and brown.
The Lhasa Apso is smart, cheerful, friendly, and assertive. They can be very devoted and affectionate towards their owners, but they can be suspicious of strangers. Some can be quite stubborn, but others are eager to please their owners and will do what they say. They can be a bit lively and have a loud bark that can be quite persistent.
The Lhasa Apso is a generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from skin problems if its coat is not cared for properly. Some may have hip dysplasia in addition to eye problems and kidney problems. On rare occasions, these dogs can develop a bleeding ulcer.
These little dogs are very active indoors, but they can do well in an apartment as long as they walk regularly and have the opportunity to play and run. This is not a dog that needs a lot of exercise, but all dogs need a walk at least once a day.
Due to the long coat, this breed needs grooming care and you will need to trim and peel the coat. If they are not brushed every day, the coat will become quite matted and unruly. The feet can also easily become tangled and should be checked daily. This breed can be dry shampooed when necessary and its eyes and ears should be cleaned frequently. Despite the long code, this breed is only an average shedder.