I feel elated to write about this wonderful pet dog because I once kept this great dog and once had a client who has many Lhasa Apso and a very avid pet lover indeed.
I am very grateful to her because I learnt a lot from her about the breed characteristics of this miniature Tibetan monk alert dog. I will always keep a Lhasa Apso any day,they are very intelligent and bond to a very great extent to her master.
I remember vividly when this client once asked me,”Dr Gozie are you sure this dog didn’t reincarnate from all these oyibo (white) people” She was simly marveled by the intelligence of this little dog called Lhasa Apso.
Once again this is introducing the Lhasa Apso
Important Facts In Brief
Weight 13–15 lb (6–7 kg)
Height 10–11 in (25–28 cm)
Colour Black, Honey (Color), Golden, Sandy, Dark Grizzle, Brown
Coat type Long, dense
Litter Size 4–6 puppies
Life Expectancy 12-14 Years
|Other names||Lhasa, Lion Dog, Bark Lion Sentinel Dog|
Breed Group Non -Sporting
Grooming Need High maintenance
|Temperament||Alert Assertive Devoted Friendly Intelligent Lively Obedient Playful Spirited Steady|
Similar Breeds: Shih Tzu, Lowchen, Lakeland terrier, Havanese, Tibetan Terrier, Maltese, Bichon Frise, Yorkshire Terrier
The Lhasa Apso is a small purebred known for being alert, cheerful, courageous, energetic, friendly, independent, intelligent, loyal, playful, and social. The most common colors for Lhasa Apsos are black, brown, red, white, and yellow. To keep it healthy, it will need to get exercise regularly.
The Lhasa Apso has a small, sturdy frame covered in a long, dense coat that can come in light brown, cream, slate, brown, black and white. Its head, which is draped in long hair, has a square muzzle, black nose, moustache & beard, hanging ears and—when you can see them—dark, medium-sized eyes. Its feathered tail curls over the back.
Lhasa Apso originated in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and has remained largely unchanged in type and temperament for thousands of years. The name “Lhasa” refers to the capital of Tibet. The term “apso,” which is Mongolian, may mean “goatlike,” in reference to the breed’s long, coarse coat.
This sturdy little dog was bred as a watch dog, to guard Buddhist monasteries and homes of Tibetan nobility. The Lhasa Apso was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935, as a member of its Non-Sporting Group.
Lhasa Apso is a hardy dog with a friendly, assertive manner. Intelligent and lively, it makes a good pet. Lhasa Apsos are spirited and devoted little dogs that are affectionate with their masters. They can be very obedient to their masters. They respond easily to motivational training. They have a keen sense of hearing, and make good watchdogs. The Lhasa Apso travels well.
The Lhasa Apso’s long coat requires combing and brushing every other day. It loves short walks and outdoor play sessions, but should not be kept outside.
Lhasa Apso suffer from few health issues like
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Renal Cortical Hypoplasia,
Lhasa Apso is recognised by these kennel clubs
ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
ACR = American Canine Registry
AKC = American Kennel Club
ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
CCR = Canadian Canine Registry
CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
CKC = Continental Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
NKC = National Kennel Club
NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
UKC = United Kennel Club