Lhasa Apso Dog Breed Profile Information

Description: The Lhasa Apso is a toy breed of dog, albeit a sturdy one. This dog will measure between 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder and will weigh between 13 and 18 pounds. The bitch is slightly smaller than the male. The coat of the Lhasa is a very dense, long double coat, with the hair long over all parts of the dog, including the head. Almost any coat color is allowed, but preference is given to honey,sand, cream, or smoke. The Apso has a short muzzle and slightly undershot jaw. The tail is carried jauntily over the back. The Lhasa Apso has a long life span, reaching from 15 to 18 years.

History: Originating near the Tibetan city of Lhasa, the Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed, being recognizable as such as long ago as 800BC. This little dog served as a guardian for monasteries, temples, and the homes of the nobility. The Lhasa makes a fine watchdog. As the Tibetans believed that when the owner died, his soul went into his Lhasa Apso, it was difficult for this dog to be acquired. The 13th Dalai Lama presented some of these dogs to a visitor from the west in the 1930s and this introduced the Apso to America.

Temperament: Having developed in close proximity with humans, the Lhasa Apso is a devoted little dog that displays great loyalty to its master. This breed likes to be in physical contact with its owner and will often rub against its favorite human. As the Lhasa was originally a guard dog, it is still somewhat distrustful of strangers. This breed is good with children, but older ones, who understand how to handle dogs are probably best. This is a breed with a mind of its own, and can be difficult to train.

Health Issues:One of the biggest health problems facing the Lhasa Apso is progressive retinal atrophy. This will cause the dog to eventually go blind. As this disease usually strikes older dogs, it should not present a great problem to either the dog or the owner. Hip dysplasia can occur rarely, but this is basically a healthy breed.

Grooming: One look at the beautiful coat of the Lhasa Apso tells you that this dog is going to need a great deal of grooming. The coat must be brushed and combed every day to prevent it from tangling or matting. If the Lhasa Apso is not going to be shown, it can be given a puppy or rough coat for ease of care. As the ears are floppy, they should be checked and kept free from infection. The eyes tear, so make sure they are cleaned regularly.

Living Conditions: The Lhasa Apso will make a perfect apartment dog. As this little dog will play happily inside, it will need only a short walk every day to keep it in good condition. The Lhasa bonds strongly with its owner and will suffer separation anxiety if not kept in the house. It is not a suitable dog for outdoor living, in any case. This might be a perfect dog for retired people and those with a less active lifestyle.

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